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APC: Tinubu implementing bold, far-reaching reforms

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says President Bola Tinubu is implementing bold and far-reaching reforms necessary for the nation’s economic recovery, sustainable growth and prosperity.
Mr Felix Morka, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He was reacting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor’s advise to Tinubu to throw in the towel in the face of the hardships experienced by Nigerians.
“A federal system like ours, operates on the idea of shared, constitutionally delineated responsibilities among the three tiers of government: Federal, State and Local Governments.
“Effective governance requires collaboration and coordination among all three levels to deliver the dividends of democracy to citizens.
“By virtue of their membership of the National Economic Council and National Council of State, governors bear a solemn duty to proffer constructive ideas and solutions to the challenges of governance,” Morka said.
He said that like all citizens, governors were entitled to free speech, adding that such rights must be exercised responsibly.
He stressed that reckless utterances capable of inflaming passions and social upheaval must be avoided.
He said comparing Nigeria to Venezuela, even under the prevailing challenging economic and security contexts of Nigeria, smacks of righteous indignation.
Morka noted that rather than live up to their responsibilities as chief executive of their states, the PDP governors had turned themselves into a band of doomsday vocalists.
This, he said , they were doing by raising their voices “to deafening decibels intended to drown the groans of their citizens battered by their critical inertia, ineptitude and dismal performance”.
The APC spokesman said that the PDP governors’ call to Tinubu to throw in the towel was, therefore, nothing short of self-indictment.
He said it was embarrassing that the same PDP governors that had never justified the recent massive federal allocations to their states, were buck passing.
Morka added that since the buck passing also stopped at the PDP governors’ table at the state levels, they should practice what they preached by resigning from their offices.
This, he said, they should do rather than blaming the federal government for their failure to mobilise massive resources at their disposal to improve the living conditions of the people.
Morka said in spite of the country ‘s challenges, Tinubu was taking responsibility and providing leadership in this historic season of deep and enduring economic transformation in the country.
“Our people are going through transient but painful difficulties that the administration is supremely determined  to mitigate as these policies begin to yield desired results.
“Nigerians deserve to live in peace and security, with access to basic social and economic amenities.
“Our party urges patience during these turbulent times as our nation soars unstoppably to firmer grounds and more prosperous future,” Morka said.

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Ogun Assembly passes Assembly Commission Amendment bill

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The Ogun House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the State House of Assembly Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2024.

The passage of the bill followed  presentation of the Committee’s report by the Chairman, House Committee on Establishments and Public Service Matters, Mr Babatunde Tella at plenary in Abeokuta.

Tella moved the motion for its adoption, seconded by Mr Adeyanju Adegoke and supported by all the members.

The bill was later read and adopted clause by clause before the Committee of Whole.

The Majority Leader, Mr Yusuf Sheriff, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill, seconded by the Minority Leader, Mr Lukmon Adeleye and supported by the Whole House through a unanimous voice vote.

Consequently, the Deputy Clerk of the House, Mrs Funmilayo Adeyemi, took the third reading of the bill before the lawmakers.

The Speaker, Mr Oludaisi Elemide, directed that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

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Abuja court gives EFCC go-ahead to arrest ex-Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered that a warrant be issued to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for immediate arrest of former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Justice Emeka Nwite, in a ruling on EFCC’s ex-parte motion, held that after listening to the submission of commission’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, and reading the affidavit in support of the motion, including the exhibits and written address, he was inclined to grant the application.

It was earlier reported that a High Court sitting in Lokoja on Wednesday, restrained the EFCC from arresting, detaining and prosecuting Bello

Justice I.A Jamil, who gave the order in a two-hour judgment delivered in suit no HCL/68/M/2020, held that infringing on Bello’s “fundamental human rights is null and void.”

The judge, who dismissed the commission’s application challenging the jurisdiction of the court, said: “By this order, the EFCC is hereby restrained from arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant.

“This is a definite order following the earlier interim injunction given.”

However, in a ruling delivered by Justice Nwite on Wednesday, the judge ordered that a warrant be issued to the commission for Bello’s immediate arrest.

He also directed that the former governor be produced before the court on April 18 for arraignment.

“It is hereby ordered as follows:

“That an order of this honourable court is hereby made directing and/or issuing a warrant for the immediate arrest of the defendant for the purpose of bringing him before this honourable court for arraignment.

“That case is adjourned to 18th day of April, 2024 for arraignment,” he declared.

NAN reports that the EFCC, in the motion ex-parte marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/98/2024 dated April 16 and filed April 17, sought six orders.

These include “an order granting leave to the complainant/applicant to effect service of the charge together with the proof of evidence on the defendant by substituted means to wit; by pasting the charge at the last known address of the defendant within the jurisdiction of this honourable court being: 9, Benghazi Street, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

“An order directing and/or issuing an arrest warrant for the immediate arrest of the defendant for the purpose of bringing him before this honourable court for arraignment.”

In the alternative, the anti-graft agency sought an order issuing and directing the publishing of a public summons requiring/ commanding the defendant to appear before the court on a named date, among others.

The conflicting orders came after the EFCC had appealed against the initial order, and the appeal was scheduled for hearing on April 22 in Appeal No: CA/ABJ/CV/175/2024 between EFCC and Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The Yahaya Bello Media Office had, in a statement signed by Onogwu Mohammed, alerted the nation to a siege on the former Governor’s Abuja residence.

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Zulum approves N1.3bn scholarship for 997 nursing, midwifery students

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Gov. Babagana Zulum, of Borno has approved the release of N1.3billion as scholarship for 997 nursing and midwifery students from the state.

Zulum stated this on Wednesday while inaugurating the scholarship programme at the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Maiduguri.

He said that out of the 1,080 nominations, 40 from each of the 27 local government areas of the state, 997 qualified to benefit from the scholarship.

He also announced that the 997 beneficiaries of the scholarship would receive automatic employment after graduation.

The governor said that the support was to encourage the students to complete their studies so as to bridge the workforce demand in the state’s healthcare system.

“The government has allocated  N1,305,189,000 for scholarship, with a breakdown of N124,149,000 earmarked for tuition fees, the remaining N1,181,040,000 will be disbursed as monthly stipend of N30,000 to each beneficiary throughout their studies,” Zulum said.

He added that N201 million bursary allowance would be given to 2,010 nursing and midwifery students who did not benefited from the scholarship, and directed that each of them should receive N100,000.

Zulum, who stated that ongoing construction of two colleges of nursing would be completed this year, inaugurated a lecture theatre complex and a 3,000-capacity multipurpose hall at the college.

Earlier, Lawan Wakilbe, the Commissioner for Education, said that the government had approved over N6 billion scholarship, out of which about N2.7 billion was disbursed to students from the state studying in higher institutions across the country.

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