Lagos Residents Will Pay Fair Taxes – Jimi Agbaje

Jimi-AgbajeThe Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, says Lagos residents (Lagosians) will not pay heavy or light taxes, but will pay fair taxes instead.

Jimi Agbaje, spoke at a debate expected to have been attended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and PDP Lagos State governorship candidates, organised by Channels Television in collaboration with the Enough Is Enough Nigeria (EIE) on Sunday.

The APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, was absent.

Mr Agbaje stressed that the government had always depended on tax for development, but that if elected, his administration would ensure Lagos residents (Lagosians) pay fair taxes.

He said the present administration was taking advantage of regulatory agencies, noting that it was generating tax in the wrong means.

He further said that he was called a tax invader due to politics. Agbaje said his company was not owing any tax.  “I got a letter from the state government, inquiring how I have been paying my land use charges.”

On his plans to ease the traffic situation in the state that had continued to eat into man hour, he said he would address the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation issues, which he pointed out was not at its best.

“We will look at the implementation and see how we can strengthen it and make it better. Portholes are the major causes of traffic in the state. We will patch them to ease free flow of traffic in the state,” Mr Agbaje siad.

He also said new bus stops should be created where necessary.

The Lagos PDP governorship candidate, who described water as a faster means of transportation in the state, said Lagosians were scared of the small boats, which were in use.

He pointed out that his administration, if elected, would provide bigger boats to ensure passengers’ safety.

On his role in the party, Agbaje stressed that ‘he is not a typical politician’, saying ‘see me as I am. I will no say what I will not do’.

He further explained his relationship with Olabode Goerge, saying Mr George is his party leader.

“If a man is charged to court and sentenced for a crime and a superior court frees him, then he is not guilty,” Agbaje said.

He, however, urged the people of Lagos state to go out and vote so as to discharge their civic duties.

FG Commissions 200 Units Of Bungalows In Kaduna

Kaduna Housing SchemeThe Nigerian Government has commissioned 200 units of bungalows in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, as part of efforts to bridge the housing deficit.

The housing units, fully funded by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), are among the first batch of Federal Government Mass Housing Schemes to be built across the country.

At the commissioning of the houses at Sky Diamond Estate in the State capital, Mrs Akon Eyakenyi , who represented Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, re-stated the commitment of the Federal Government to providing shelter for all Nigerians.

Mrs Akon Eyakenyi is the the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

She said the project was a testimony of the determination of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to provide low cost housing for all Nigerians.

The Minister commissioned the project on behalf of the Vice President, describing it as a demonstration of the present administration’s desire to bring affordable houses to the doorsteps of the citizen’s, particularly low income earners.

Significant Improvement In Housing

Mrs Eyakenyi disclosed that the housing gap in Nigeria was being reduced gradually by the present administration, especially with the drive to build more houses.

She further stated that the past four years had witnessed painstaking and remarkable achievements in many sectors, stressing that Nigerians are beginning to notice significant improvement in housing and urban development arising from the implementation of the many people-oriented projects.

The 200 housing units which was financed by FMBN, using resources of the National Housing Fund was completed within a period of one year.

The beneficiaries are Nigerians who work in both public and private sector and are also contributors to the National Housing Fund.

As part of its contribution to the project, Kaduna State government provided 20 hectares of land for the project at no cost and also constructed all access roads into the estate.

This was aimed at ensuring that the project was not abandoned half way due to lack of basic infrastructure.

While commending the Federal Government for choosing Kaduna as one of the pilot states for the project, Governor Muhktar Yero said the estate would contribute to the decongestion of the State capital.

Governor Yero disclosed that the State government had earmarked 12,000 hectares of lands for estate development aimed to accommodate over one million people in the State capital and other satellite cities, adding that government had so far spent over 1.2 billion Naira to provide affordable houses for the people of the State.

In his speech, the Managing Director of FMBN, Gimba Ya’u Kumo, described the commissioning as another credit to the successes of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda in the housing sector.

Kumo disclosed that the manner of collaboration had been successfully implemented in the six geo- political zones of Nigeria for the benefit of Nigerians, especially contributors to the National Housing Scheme(NHS).

Kumo added that under the arrangement, the government had provided construction, financing and in most cases, unencumbered land for housing development.

A representative of the Labour union, Mr Augustine Etafo, in a goodwill message, commended the Federal Government for the project.

The Estate consists of 200 number of three bedroom semi-detached bungalow, 500 KVA transformer and tarred access roads.


Jonathan Reiterates Commitment To Boko Haram Defeat

Jonathan-Boko HaramThe Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has re-emphasised the government’s commitment to fighting the Boko Haram terrorist group, in what may be described as a ray of hope in the fight against insurgency in the nation’s north-east.

President Jonathan, who spoke to BBC in Abuja on Thursday, maintained that the Islamic sect was getting weaker and weaker by the day.

He expressed hopes that all territory seized by the terrorist group would be retaken within a month.

The Nigerian President admitted that the security forces had been slow in their response to the advance of the terrorists in the north-east Nigeria.

President Jonathan also admitted that the authorities “never expected that Boko Haram group would build up that kind of capacity”.

Earlier this week, the Nigerian military said the militants no longer control any urban centres in Yobe and Adamawa, two out of the three worst-affected states in the north-east.

The military also pledged that Borno State, the birthplace of the Boko Haram, would soon be freed.

Ekiti Vigilante Group Arrests 3 Suspected APC Thugs

Ekiti-vigilante-2The Ekiti State Vigilante Group has arrested three suspected All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs with gun and axe, on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

One of the suspected thugs was identified as Soji Onigbinde while three ladies were arrested with them.

The suspected thugs, who were riding in a Mazda 323 bus branded APC House of Assembly candidate for Ado Local Government Constituency 1, Sola Olofin, were arrested at Omisanjana Junction, Ado Ekiti at about 11:30 pm local time.

The three ladies arrested with them were in another vehicle following the Branded Vehicle.

The Commander of the Vigilante Group in Ekiti State, Femi Ogunleye, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspected thugs were handed over to the police at the Okesa Police Station, Ado Ekiti.

Report said the suspects were later moved to the State Police Headquarters.

APC Youths Accuse Police Of Partisanship In Rivers

APC-RiversMembers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have accused the Police Command in the state of being partisan.

This is coming in less than two weeks to the rescheduled March 28 and April 11 elections, as a crowd of protesters stormed the gates of the police command to express their grouse over what they call the undue arrests and intimidation of members of the party in the state.

The protesters marched to the gates of the Rivers State Police Command to register their grievance, chanting solidarity songs.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, called for calm and demanded for a meeting with some of the leaders of the protesters in his office.

However, the Police Commissioner said his command would not turn a blind eye to criminal activities for the sake of politics.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Health, Dr Sampson Parker, had earlier expressed worries over increasing number of election violence related deaths, saying “the electoral violence  in the the State is epidemic”.

With the elections less than two weeks away, the clamour for violence free polls is not just a call from Rivers people but a cry for help.

However, the Assistant Inspector General of police (AIG) in charge of zone 6, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, at a gathering of security agencies, security experts and political stakeholders with focus on the conduct of a secure, peaceful and credible polls in Rivers State, stressed that the responsibility of ensuring credible and peaceful polls in the 2015 election is everyone’s call.

America Will Support Nigeria On Credible Election- Biden

Joe Biden- ElectionThe United States Vice President, Mr Joe Biden, has said America will stand by the Nigerian people in the desire for credible and peaceful elections.

Mr Biden, who has been interacting with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and opposing All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidates for Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, said he is pleased with the peace accord signed in mid-January by President Goodluck Jonathan and General Mohammadu Buhari, as a show of their commitment to non-violence throughout the election process.

He also expressed concern over the violence recorded at some recent election-related events in the country, reiterating the need for both candidates to make clear that such violence had no place in a democratic process.

However, he expressed the United States’ support for the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its efforts to deliver free, fair and credible elections.

Earlier in the year, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry was in Nigeria where he held separate meetings with the Nigerian President and General Buhari on the same issue.

He said in a meeting with General Buhari in Ikoyi, Lagos, that the United States President, Barrack Obama, was interested in Nigeria, being the largest economy in Africa.

Anambra State Governor Swears In Eight New Judges

Chief-Willie-Obiano-JudgesAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has sworn in eight new judges making it twenty six judges in the state, which has enabled the dispensation of justice in Anambra State to take a speedy dimension.

At the swearing in ceremony of the judges at the Executive Chamber of the Government House, Awka, the state capital, while the judges pledge commitment to duty, the Governor charged them to discharge their duties, especially accelerating speedy trials of kidnap and armed robbery cases in the state.

He announced that the eight judges would be moving into a new state of the art quarters which cost the state 400 million naira to build, adding that they are all part of efforts toward ensuring the welfare of judges for speedy dispensation of justice without fear or favour.

He assured them that his administration is committed to providing necessary facilities that will ensure the efficiency of judges in the state in dispensing justice.

Governor Obiano pointed that his government had commenced construction of three new High Courts and fourteen Magistrate Courts in the state, to accelerate speedy justice delivery by courts.

The newly sworn in judges through one of them expressed appreciation to the Governor for his assistance which made it possible for them to be appointed, pledging total commitment to their sworn duties.

The swearing of the Judges was part of the post celebration of Governor Willie Obiano’s first anniversary having been sworn in on March 17 last year.

Patience Jonathan Campaigns in Kaduna

Patience-JonathanNigeria’s First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Wednesday, told Kaduna women to vote for her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan in the  forth coming presidential election (March 28) because he has performed creditably well to guarantee a re-election for another tenure.

Dame Jonathan who was represented by wife of the vice President, Mrs Amina Namadi Sambo made the appeal at the township stadium in Kaduna, North-west Nigeria, during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women Presidential Campaign rally for the re-election of President Jonathan.

She stressed that President Jonathan has given women special attention by appointing them in top public offices in all sectors and have also continued to accord them their rightful places even in federal appointments.

The first lady also reiterated that President Jonathan’s administration has provided various empowerment programmes to Nigerian women, and therefore asked them to reciprocate the gesture by voting for her husband in the forthcoming presidential election.

On his part, Kaduna State Governor, ‎Mukhtar Yero, told the gathering that only the PDP would take Nigeria to the promised land, stressing that the state is the stronghold of the PDP and will continue to be.

He disclosed that about 40 per cent women in the state would be benefiting in the SMEDAN ‎project which is soon to be launched in the state, therefore encouraged the women to come out  and cast their votes for the PDP.