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Amendment: Lagos Assembly moves to empower LAWMA, stakeholders hail development

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Stakeholders in the environment sector in Lagos State on Thursday lauded the state House of Assembly for proposing an amendment to the Environmental law to empower the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).

The stakeholders gave the commendation at a One-Day Public Hearing on “A Law to Amend the Environmental Management and Protection Law, 2017,’’ organised by the House Committee on the Environment, headed by Mr Dayo Saka-Fafunmi (APC-Ifako-Ijaiye I).

According to the stakeholders, such step is apt and timely to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment in the state following the failure of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative.

Mr Olugbenga Adebola, an Environmentalist said: “I will like to commend the proactive Lagos State House of Assembly members for this amendment.

“For a long part of 2016 and 2017, we had a big issue in the environment family. It is good that more power be given to LAWMA as the regulator. I hope LAWMA should be able to manage this. I commend the House.’’

Adebola urged the House not to jettison the private sector in the board’s constitution and looked into cost recovery level, and enforcement.

Mr Kadiri Shamusideen, a safety expert, who also commended the House for the amendment, called for efforts on the health and safety of PSP operators in the field.

Shamusideen, Executive Director, Safety Advocacy and Empowerment Foundation, decried various unsafe practices of the operators on the highways, trucks and dump sites, which was corroborated by another expert, Mr Adegbenro Adu.

Mr Olalekan Owojori, a Consultant to PSP, who noted that waste management was service-oriented, called the House to look into how money for the services rendered by the operators would get to them.

Owojori, who frowned at PSP depending on government bureaucracy before getting money for the services provided, called for a system that would allow the service providers to collect their .

Mr Adedotun Oriowo, a PSP operator, said: “I salute the House for the impeccable sense of responsibility. We are here to right some wrongs of the outgoing Lagos State government.

“The Cleaner Lagos Initiative distorted waste management operations in Lagos State. It should be expunged from waste management in Lagos State.’’

In his contribution, Mr Ola Oresanya, the Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, said: “If the law is wrong, everything will be wrong.

“I want to thank the Chairman of the committee for this painstaking effort to correct the wrong. The intendment of this amendment is genuine and germane,’’ he said.

According to Oresanya, the authority will submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), especially on the functions of Public Utilities Monitoring and Assurance Unit (PUMAU) bothering on waste management and revenue collection.

Mr Idowu Salau, a Consultant with the Federal Government on Waste Management, who commended the House,  harped on cost recovery and identified user charge system and property charge system.

In his comment, Mr Ola Egbeyemi, President of the Association of Waste Managers (AWAN) thanked the House “for this noble gesture’’.

“We have good laws but those laws are found ineffective because of enforcement. We should thank the lawmakers for revisiting this controversial law that have actually caused a lot of retrogression,’’ Egbeyemi said.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Committee, Saka-Fafunmi said that extant law passed in 2017 could not meet expectations as discovered during impact assessment analysis.

“We cannot have a law that is not serving the interest of Lagos and that is why we propose several amendments. The amendment essentially bothers more on LAWMA law.

“As at when the law was made, we were looking at having a concessionaire-an operator that will take over the waste management of Lagos.

“No sooner had the law was passed we realised that it was not something that could stand the test of time here. We have decided to revert back to our ways of doing it.

“That is why we are empowering the PSP and every other stakeholder in environment. We must empower LAWMA and take away concessionaire,’’ he said.

Over viewing, the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Sanai Agunbiade said that the proposed amendment affected only 48 sections of the 526-section extant law.

Agunbiade said that the House had a penchant to monitor laws passed and conducts impact assessment and whenever a shortcoming was noticed, an amendment would be sought to make it conform to realities.

Earlier, in his keynote address, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashirun Obasa, represented by his deputy, Mr Waaiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, said that the inyention of the House was to improve the environment and make waste management in Lagos State seamless.

(Edited by Idonije Obakhedo)

 

 

 

 

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Lalong to Tallen: “Do not listen to gossips”.

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Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has advised Mrs. Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, to avoid listening to gossips from people that had no good intentions for Plateau.

“You should not listen to gossip from people who don’t mean well for Plateau. There are people who would sow seeds of discord between me and the minister for their selfish gains. Don’t listen to them,” Lalong said on Wednesday in Abuja.

He spoke at a post-inauguration dinner organied to honour Tallen, the north-central state’s representative in the Federal Executive Council, who was inaugurated as women affairs minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lalong promised to work with Tallen and members of the National Assembly from the state for the progress of Plateau.

The governor, who congratulated Tallen on her appointment, said that Plateau would be better for it if they worked together.

“Today, you are a minister; Idris Maje is Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives. Others are members of the National Assembly and I am the governor.

“Respect everybody’s position; let’s work together and Plateau will be better for it.

“You need the governor as a minister to succeed and the governor needs you as minister to succeed.

“If I need to do something in Abuja, I will just call you and it will be done,” he said.

Lalong declared that he had nothing against Tallen, saying that he would always respect President Buhari’s discretion in appointing her as minister.

In his remarks, Idris Maje, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, said that he had no doubt that Tallen would succeed, given her experience as a politician.

“We are going to cooperate with you from the National Assembly, especially in the area of oversight function, for you to succeed.

“You have the senators and members of the House of Representatives behind you. I assure you that we are going to work with you,” he said.

The deputy speaker said that it was needless to blackmail or malign anyone for political gains, and advised those who had made gossip their trade to desist from that.

Tallen, in her remarks, thanked the governor and Plateau people for the honour done her.

The minister said that she would be a minister for every citizen of Plateau and Nigeria, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations.

“Whoever knows me knows that I don’t believe in ethnic or religious politics.

“My doors are open; we will work together for the progress of Plateau.

“I am your ambassador Mr Governor; I am at your disposal for anything that pertains the national level,” she assured.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the dinner was attended by members of the Plateau House of Assembly, traditional rulers, among others.

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

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Governors meet to discuss NFIU’s directive on LG funds,  health issues

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The 36 state governors under the umbrella of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) are  meeting in Abuja to discuss update on recent directive of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on  local government funds.

The governors according to the agenda of the Wednesday’s meeting are also expected to discuss and review update on Primary Heath Care under One Roof (PHCOUR) and other health related matters.

Also on the agenda is ” UN General Assembly – Panel on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change; Feedback on Governors’ Meeting with African Development Bank (AfDB) and Chinese Investors.

Others were the forum’s one-day meeting with partners such as Debt Management Office, Joint Task Board and Nigeria Stock Exchange.

 Expected to be presented to the governors at the meeting is  the  “Transmission Company of Nigeria: Briefing on Transmission Expansion Plan and its potential impact in improving power supply in states.”

Already in attendance at the meeting were the Chairman of the forum and Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi, his Deputy and Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal.

Others were Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Umaru Fintri (Adamawa), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Also present were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Dairu Ishiaku (Taraba), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Aminu Masari (Katsina),

Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Babagana Umara (Borno) and  Cross River Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivira Esu.

Edited by  Obike Ukoh

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APC inaugurates 2 screening committees for Kogi, Bayelsa primaries

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The National Chairman of APC,  Adams Oshiomhole who inaugurated the committees in Abuja, urged them to do proper screening.

He said proper screening of candidates would avoid a situation where the party would lose candidates again.

The Nigeria News Agency   reports that the party has scheduled Aug. 22 and  Aug.23 for the committees to screen the aspirants.

Sen. Hope Uzodinma leads the seven-member committee to screen aspirants in Kogi while the committee for aspirants in Bayelsa is chaired by Sen. Abdullahi Gumen.

Oshiomhole urged the committees to request clarification from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party if in doubt of claims or contradictions by any aspirant.

“You (committee) need to do proper screening and ensure that those who passed the screening are likely to be able to stand the test, not only of winning election but will not be challenged after victory.

“We have couple of cases where people claimed what they did not have or they sworn affidavits such that they have two, three ages, depending on what they sworn affidavits for.

“We have a recent case in Taraba where APC candidate who went through entire process had  his candidature nullified at the Supreme Court on account of falsification of age.

“If you notice contradiction, identify them for clarification becauseif you fail to clarify,  there is still another road block.

“The opponent can point out those contradictions and our party’s candidature might be in jeopardy. So, it is an exercise that is extremely important.

“Some people make claims to certain qualifications.  They should have body proof to establish them before you and if you are in doubt, please amplify it to us, particularly with NWC, with appropriate recommendation,” he said.

According to him, the committees should look put for eligibility of aspirants which includes financial membership of the aspirants, adding that such aspirant’s membership must exceed one year.

He also that only the NWC  could give waver for any aspirant that spent less than a year in the party.

Oshiomhole, who said that the screening would hold at state party secretariats in Lokoja and Yenagoa, said that the idea was to move party’s activities closer to the aspirants.

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Secondus to aspirants: Don’t rely on party leaders for PDP governorship ticket

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised its members seeking the party’s nod to contest the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections against relying on the party’s leaders for the ticket.

He assured the aspirants of a level playing ground, adding that the party had no preferred aspirant.

“Go and work on the delegates. They are the ones that will elect you as candidate; no one else, not even members of the NWC, can help you.

“All I can assure you is that we are going to conduct free, fair and transparent primaries in Kogi and Bayelsa States,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that certificates were issued to the cleared aspirants from the two states.

Among them were former Governor of Kogi, Idris Wada, Sen. Dino Melaye, Abubakar Ibrahim, a son of former Governor Ibrahim Idris, and 10 others.

Those cleared for Bayelsa included the deputy governor, John Jona; the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kemela Okara, former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe.

Also on the Bayelsa list were Ambassador Godknows, Sen. Douye Diri, and 16 others.

Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo and Ephraims Sheyin

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Appointment of Adebayo, “Round peg in a round hole”,Ekiti speaker

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The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, has described the appointment of Mr Niyi Adebayo as Minister,as a “Round peg in a round hole.”

Afuye said this on Wednesday in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Tai Akogun and made available the Nigeria News Agency, in Ado Ekiti.

The speaker described Adebayo, a former governor of Ekiti as “Tested and trusted.”

Acute assured President Mohammadu Buhari in particular and Nigerians in general that Adebayo would not betray the confidence he( the president) reposed in him.

“Adebayo, the newly appointed Minister and former governor of Ekiti who served the state without blemish, has a pedigree of courage and integrity in service.

” I, therefore, thank the President and the National Assembly for the appointment of Adebayo,” Afuye said.

The speaker also assured the new minister of the cooperation of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

He noted that such cooperation was the only way to ensure synergy between the purposeful leadership of Gov., Kayode Fayemi– led administration and the Federal government ‘where a focused son is representing Ekiti.”

NAN reports that Adebayo was until his appointment, the National Deputy Chairman (South)of the All Progressive Congress.

Edited by Dada Ahmed

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