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Reps task Nigerian Mission in Libya on safety of Nigerians

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The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian Mission in Tripoli, Libya to issue emergency travel documents to stranded Nigerians to enable them return home.

This was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Chukwuma Umeoji (APGA-Anambra) at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja.

Moving the motion, Umeoji said that many Nigerians had been killed in various detention centres across Libya especially during the bombing of Tajoura detention centre.

Umeoji said that the United Nations (UN) report indicated that Libya guards shot at migrants trying to flee the Tajoura detention centre after it was hit by the bomb.

According to him, the battle for control of Tripoli between the Libyan warlord, Gen. Khalifa and the UN backed Government of National Accord will further endanger the lives of Nigerian migrants in Libya.

He said that there is need for on the spot investigation of the state of Nigerians in various detention centres.

The green chamber urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerian Diaspora Commission to ensure safety of Nigerians living abroad.

In his ruling, the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the committee on Foreign Affairs, when constituted, to ensure compliance and to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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Consultant urges Kogi governor to prioritise tax administration

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Mr Abdulazeez Obadaki, a private tax consultant, has urged Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi  to prioritise tax administration policy to fast track economic development of the state.

Obadaki also lecturer at the Nigerian College of Accountancy, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

He commended Bello over the improvement in area of security, saying that he should prioritise tax administration to boost the state economy and create platform to develop on democratic dividends.

According to him, he should continue his good works and invest more in areas where there are lapses such as tax administration to achieve growth.

“He must come up with strategic policy to promote accountability in the tax administration of the state.

“If that is done, then he will be able to identify problems associated with the tax sector and also solve it,” he said.

Obadaki identified poor tax administration, poor tax collection and tax evasion as factors that contributed to problems associated with tax operational system.

He expressed confidence in Bello’s bid to run for second term of office, saying he was very sure the governor would improve on the success recorded given the mandate to contest.

He mentioned some achievements recorded by Bello to have been in areas such as security, road construction and provision of potable water.

He decried insecurity in terms of kidnapping, armed robbery and other social vices, saying they had hindered economic development of the state in the past.

“No matter how leaders perform not everybody will speak well about them;  as far as he is running for second term there will be continuity of infrastructural projects in the state.

“Given the chance to run second term as governor, I am confident that Bello will deliver on democratic dividends in the state,” he added.

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Edited by Grace Yussuf

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Oyo Anti-Open Rearing and Grazing Bill not against Fulanis – Oyo Speaker.

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The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Adebo Ogundoyin, on Wednesday denied that the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019, which had passed its second reading, was legislated to witch-hunt Fulanis.

According to him, the bill was never intended to make life and business unbearable for the Fulanis in the state.

He said, “The Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019 before the 9th Oyo Assembly is significantly meant to regulate the activities of herders in Oyo State in the area of grazing and rearing of livestock.

“The bill seeks to prevent destruction of farms and properties by cows, prevent clashes between livestock owners and farmers, as well as protect the environment from degradation and pollution caused by open grazing,” he said.

Ogundoyin called on all Fulanis and herders in the state to go about their business activities without fear, urging them to be ready to abide by the provisions of the bill when fully operational.

He said that the bill would expose the fake and criminally-minded people who hide under the guise of herders or livestock owners to perpetrate evils, especially kidnapping and other heinous crimes.

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Be relentless, Buhari tells ministers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed ministers to be relentless in delivering services that are vital to the objectives of the present administration.

The president said this on Wednesday in Abuja during the swearing-in ceremony of ministers at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, growth and development is only possible if the ministers are relentless about delivering on specific actions and targets and implementation of government programmes.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the president swore-in 43 ministers on Wednesday who would form his cabinet.

Buhari expressed the optimism that the minsters, who had been with him for more than two days, should be ready to work tirelessly to ensure a future where every Nigeria could optimise its potential.

“I believe you are ready to get to work; indeed the work has already started,’’ he said.

The president said that the retreat focused on the road map towards the delivering of government policies, programmes and projects for 2019 to 2023.

He also urged the ministers to intensify efforts to reduce internal security threats and eliminate corruption at all levels.

This, he said, would ensure that citizens were perceived as corruption free in any environment they found themselves and could live and continue their businesses without fear and intimidation.

He said that while recognising the existing challenges and the urgent need to surmount them, Nigerians must not fail to note the progress that the administration had made since inception.

He said that their priority in the next four years was to act together towards delivering the results that the people of Nigeria expected from the ministers.

“We have agreed that we must, as an administration, build on the progress that has already been made in order to fundamentally shift Nigerians trajectory on the part of stable growth and development’’, he said.

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Oyo Assembly to screen 3 more commissioner nominees

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The Oyo State House of Assembly says it will begin the screening of three additional commissioner nominees in the state on Thursday.

Ogundoyin said the screening would begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

He gave the names of the commissioner nominees as Prof. Raphael Afonja, Alhaja Fausat JSunni and Mr Fakorede Temidayo.

Ogundoyin said their names were sent to the Assembly in a letter by Gov. Seyi Makinde for screening and approval as commissioners.

He said the commissioner nominees had submitted their Curriculum Vitae to the House of Assembly.

The Nigeria News Agency ( NAN) reports that the Assembly had earlier screened and approved 14 commissioner-designates on Aug. 5.

In another development, the House has passed the first reading on the Oyo State Appropriation (Realignment) Bill, 2019.

The Bill was for the sppropriation of N171,000,000,000 while N94, 250,021,702.03 was for the recurrent expenditure and N76,749,978, 297.97 for capital expenditure for the services of Oyo State in the year ending on December 31.

Also, the Oyo State Finance (Realignment) Bill, 2019, passed the first reading; a bill for a law for the finance of the reviewed appropriation bill 2019 to the tune of N171, 000, 000, 000 from the Consolidated Revenue of Oyo state, ending on December 30, 2019.

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Organisation lauds Adesina, others re-appointments

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has lauded the re-appointment of presidential spokespersons, Mr Femi Adesina and Malam Garba Shehu.

They are re-appointed as Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity respectively.

BMO said this in a statement signed by its chairman Mr Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the organisation, the re-appointment of the spokespersons is in recognition of their commitment to nation-building and the confidence the president reposes in them.

It expressed confidence that the re-appointment would afford them the opportunity to help drive the “Change Agenda’’ of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

It also congratulated other members of the presidential media team Mr Laolu Akande, Lauretta Onochie and Bashir Ahmad, wishing them a successful tenure.

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