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Pull out of ICC, Olowu Kuta tells FG

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Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

Federal government has been advised to pull out of the International Criminal Court, ICC, for failing to be fair and just in its dispositions to the nation.

Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude gave the advice on Thursday shorty before the meeting of the Osun State Council of Obas in Osogbo.

The monarch lamented the dispositions of international organisations such as the Amnesty International and the ICC to Nigeria, saying that they do not mean well for the country other than fuelling its crisis.

“Let the Federal Government of Nigeria pull out of unfavourable treaty. Some countries have pulled out of the ICC. They should stop demoralising our troops.

“Of what benefits? Let us see how many or when the ICC would prosecute or call for prosecution of those that called for mass protest in America on Wednesday, to the extent of killing and maiming the people.”

He also encouraged the Armed Forces particularly the military to remain resolute in the fight against insurgents in the northeast and other parts of Nigeria.

“I m using this opportunity to encourage our security agencies, the military in particular to redouble their efforts and discard all divisive elements that are distracting them. Neither ICC nor Amnesty international would come and help us salvage our country.

“We have to appreciate the patriotic force, they have been vindicated. Look at what happened on Wednesday in the most “Advanced Democracy”. You see the way CNN reported it! They called them terrorists but people burning houses here (Nigeria), burning courts, killing Police, they called them peaceful protesters.

“ICC or Amnesty International have never meant well for us. So, the right thinking Nigerians should look inward and know that these foreign organisations do not mean well for the cooperate existence of this nation”.

The monarch saluted the courage and patriotism of the military and expressed optimism that given an enabling condition, the Armed Forces would end insurgency in Nigeria.

He said “I’m very optimistic, given the enabling environment, Nigeria will surmount the security challenges this year. The Nigerian Army needs  to be founded, equipped more. Then the Nigerian Police need to be adequately funded and equipped. So that we can separate the duties and mandate of the police from that of Nigerian Army.”

He also enjoined the Armed forces to disregard the international organisations and their antics which would only destabilise the country if they are taken serious.

“Nigerian Army should discard all subversive elements and face the insurgents squarely. We commend them for keeping the nation as one and they can count on our support”.

He, however, called on the Federal government to equip and fund the security agencies to boost their performance.

“Nigeria Armed forces and the security agencies should be strengthened more this year. They should look beyond Northeast. All distractions coming from the northeast against our army should stop this year, enough is enough,” he concluded.

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Double taxation: Ogun govt. moves to harmonise taxes, levies

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Ogun Government says it is working round the clock to ensure harmonisation of taxes and levies to reduce incidence of double taxation that may affect the revenue base of businesses in the state.

Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Adebola Sofela, said this during a visit to the Managing Director of Nestle Nigeria, Mr Wassim Elhusseini, on Friday.

Sofela said that his visit was occasioned by the need to boost the existing relationship between the state government and its various stakeholders and to further collaborate and share ideas on areas of common interest.

He expressed the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s commitment to capacity building at all levels.

As a practical demonstration of this, the commissioner said that that technical schools across the state were being upgraded to ensure companies that did not have any gap in power to fill the technical needs.

Sofela, who was accompanied by top management staff members of the ministry, stated that the present administration had improved land administration system to enable investors get title documents without delay in order to leverage for financing.

He said that government had been creating new industrial clusters to take care of the new influx of investors and prepare for the future.

The commissioner appealed to the various companies across the three senatorial districts to consider the qualified residents of the state for employment, as part of efforts to promote their relationship with host communities.

“We are working to ensure harmonisation of taxes and levies to reduce the incidence of double taxation.

“The governor is particularly interested in creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, considering government’s huge investments in security and infrastructure,” he said.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of the firm, said that 80 per cent of his company’s investments were domiciled in Ogun.

According to Elhusseini, the state government is in the right direction with its business-friendly policies.

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Reps committee to probes appointments of NASRDA, RMRDC DGs

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The House of Representatives on Friday unveiled plans to investigate the appointments of Director General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Prof. Martins Ike-Muonso.

The committee will also investigate the appointment of the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Dr Mathew Adepoju.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Olaide .

The committee chairman said that a six-member panel headed by Rep. Abiodun Akinlade had been inaugurated to carry out the probe.

He said both DGs were recently appointed by the Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnanji.

“The panel is to look at the procedure of the appointments qualification and the compliance with the relevant laws and regulations that established both agencies.

“The panel is to invite the Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, the Secretary to the Federal Government, Head of Service and both DGs amongst others.

“The panel has two weeks to within which to submit its report,” he said.

The chairman promised that the assignment will be free and fair saying that the aim is not to witch hunt anyone but to put the records straight.

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Tinubu to observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos

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President Bola Tinubu will depart Abuja for Lagos state on Friday ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, in Abuja.

The statement said the President would observe Eid-el-Kabir in Lagos, where he would also spend the Sallah holidays.

“The President will mark the occasion in prayers and reflection on advancing the transformation of Nigeria in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda,” said the statement.

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