Oyo Govt. Proscribes NURTW, Takes Over Motor Parks

 

The Oyo State Government has proscribed all activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) until further notice.

The Chief of Staff, Bisi Ilaka who briefed newsmen shortly after a meeting with security chiefs and government at the Governor’s office in Ibadan the state capital said the move is aimed at maintaining peace and order within the state.

“After today’s deliberation of the security stakeholders, in a meeting involving security chiefs and the government, we have resolved to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers until further notice. All activities of the union remain illegal henceforth.”

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Ilaka urged all citizens of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation as adequate security has been charged to ensure no fracas ensues in any part of the state.

“We urge the people of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation as the combined security task force in every part of the state has been charged to take control and maintain peace and order.

“To this end, all parks in the state have been taken over by the state government with immediate effect.”

He clarified the dissolution of activities of the local government councils that the administration is following due process as the election which brought them to power initially was a fraud on illegality.

“There was a subsisting injunction prohibiting the holding of the purported election they held, so what they built the elections on was illegality, and we are trying to reverse the position and as a consequence, we dissolved them because it was illegal.

“They will say they ran to court and got an order, but that order was an arrangement to prevent us from doing what we have done”, he added.

Adamawa Government Uncovers Over 12,000 Ghost Workers

Adamawa, Ghost WorkersThe Adamawa State government has uncovered at least 12,000 alleged ghost workers on its payroll of the 21 local government councils of the state.

A 13-man committee set up by the state government to verify the local government workforce made the finding.

The Committee was set up with a view to creating a database for the effective implementation of the e-payment salary system.

The revelation prompted the Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, to summon all Heads of Service of the 21 local governments at the chambers of the Government House in Yola.

He also directed them to appear with the current statement of affairs of their accounts.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Abdulrahman Jimeta, other commissioners including that of the Police, the Director of State Security and the Comptroller of Prisons in Adamawa State were also part of the crucial meeting.

Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Aliyu Mustapha, informed the meeting how 19 million Naira was distributed to all the 21 local governments.

The Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ghazalli Mohammed, promised the government officials that perpetrators would be brought to book.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the State Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Mr Chubado Usman, admitted the lapses noticed and promised to make amends.

Tribunal Upholds El-Rufai’s Victory As Kaduna State Governor

el-rufaiThe Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kaduna State has upheld the election of Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the elected Governor of the state.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the April 11 Governorship election, Polycarp Gankon, had on May 28, 2015 approached the tribunal, asking it to set aside the election because of non-compliance of the Electoral Act, exclusion of his party from form EC8 in several polling units and wards in seven Local Government Councils of the state.

The petitioner also alleged that there was massive ballot box stuffing and exaggerated results by the APC during the election, thereby asking the three-man tribunal to nullify the election in the affected local councils.

But in an unanimous judgement that lasted for six hours, Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Adebayo Adebara, held that the petitioner had not mustered enough evidence to prove his allegations of electoral malpractice and irregularity.

He said that the allegations of exclusion of of the petitioner’s party name and logo in form EC8 during the election, as well as falsification of results, were criminal in nature and needed to be proved beyond all reasonable doubt.

The Chairman noted that the petitioner had failed to provide enough proof that would warrant the granting of his prayers to nullify the election based on the mere fact that his party’s name and logo were excluded from the Form EC8 and allegations of exaggerated results.

Though the tribunal didn’t grant the APGA candidate’s plea to nullify the election because of non compliance, exclusion and falsification of election results, as well as order a re-run, it canceled results in some wards of the seven Local Governments.

However, after canceling results of APC in the affected wards of the LGAs, Justice Adebara declared El-Rufai the winner of the April governorship election.

In his reaction after the verdict, Counsel to the petitioner, Olumiyiwa Olowokure, said he would consult with his client to decide on the next line of action.

He however noted that some of the issues raised in the judgement are appealable, adding that the judegment is just the first step.

The Counsel to Governor El-Rufai, Omokayode Dada, hailed the verdict, describing it as fair.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented at the court by Secretary to Kaduna State Government, Balarabe Lawal, described the judgement as victory to democracy and rule of law, adding that the judgement has therefore proved that the the people of the state actually voted for the APC during the election.

ACF Urges State Governments To Grant Autonomy To LGAs

Boko Haram-arewaThe Board of Trustees (BOT) of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged state governments in Nigeria to grant total financial autonomy to the Local Governments by giving them free hand to manage the federal allocations that are channeled to them.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Mallam Adamu Fika, at the end of its meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, the forum explained that the granting of financial autonomy to the Local Governments will enable them execute projects that have direct bearing on the welfare and development of the people, rather than the use of joint accounts that have in most cases become a conduit pipe for misapplication and abuse of state funds.

While advising the various state governments to respect the constitutional autonomy of the Local Government Councils, the Forum stressed that such autonomy will boost economic activities and generate employment opportunities, especially at the grassroots level.

The ACF also called on all tiers of government to address the issue of payment of back log of domestic debts, especially those owed to local contractors, workers and pensioners emoluments, which will equally revive the economic activities.

It also commended the steps taken by the Federal Government to investigate and repatriate stolen public funds, describing it as not only appropriate and timely, but will also sanitize the system and revive prudence and discipline in the conduct of public officers.

The ACF, while commending the effort of the Federal Government in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east, expressed optimism that the success being recorded by the military and other security agencies in combating insurgency in the northeast is as a result of the support and encouragement from the Federal Government and the determination of the field commanders to end the insurgency within the time frame given by President Muhammadu Buhari.

ALGON Rejects Nullification Of Rivers LG Election

RiversThe Rivers State Chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria have kicked against the judgement of the Federal High Court, nullifying the May 23 local government elections held in the state.

Addressing the media in Abuja, the Chairman of the body, Mr Sogbeye Eli argued that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) never sought the nullification of the election, which effectively sacked the 23 local government chairmen and their councillors.

Mr Eli said that the association stands by an earlier interim order by the National Industrial Court, restraining the state government from interfering in the activities of the chairmen.

The association has appealed the judgement, while asking for a stay of execution.

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt had dissolved the 22 Local Government Councils in Rivers State, Nigeria’s south-south region.

The presiding judge, Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court 1, gave the verdict in his ruling on Thursday.

The judge said that the decision of the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi to go ahead with the conduct of the council election on May 23, in spite of a court order asking all parties to maintain status quo, was a flagrant abuse of court process and disregard for rule of law.

Court Dissolves 22 Local Government Councils In Rivers

Court Dissolves 22 Local Government Councils in RiversA Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has dissolved the 22 Local Government Councils in Rivers State, Nigeria’s south-south region.

The presiding judge, Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court 1, gave the verdict in his ruling on Thursday.

The judge said that the decision of the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi to go ahead with the conduct of the council election on May 23, in spite of a court order asking all parties to maintain status quo, was a flagrant abuse of court process and disregard for rule of law.

The Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Police has also revealed that it had obstructed an attempt by arsonists to raze the Federal High Court.

PDP Leading LG Elections In Delta

PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is presently leading in the chairmanship positions of the just concluded local government elections in Delta state.

Thirteen local government results out of the 25 local government councils in the state are already out.

Addressing journalists at the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DISEC), Asaba, on Sunday, the 13 returning officers of the commission presented their results before the house.

These include, Patani LGA and Ethiope West LGA who both returned unopposed.

Others are Warri south LGA, Ughelli North LGA, Oshimili south LGA,Ukwani LGA, Warri south west LGA, Oshimili North LGA, Aniocha South LGA, Ndokwa West LGA, Udu LGA and Okpe LGA.

The returning officer for Ethiope East LGA said the election is inconclusive.

Channels Television is still on ground to get the results of the remaining 12 local government areas as they unfolds.

Ramadan: Yobe To Subsidize N425 Million Worth Of Grains

governor_ibrahim_gaidam(1)The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has ordered the 17 local government councils in the state to procure a total of 42, 500 bags of grains for immediate sale to people across the state at subsidized rate.

The directive, contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the state governor on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, also said the gesture is part of government’s effort to provide relief to people across the state as they return to the farms for the new farming season and as they observe fasting in the month of Ramadan.

The statement said each of the 17 local government councils will procure 2,500 bags of millet and corn at the cost of N10, 000 each and sell same at the cost of N3, 000 per bag.

Bego said every local government will contribute N25 million for the procurement of the 100 kilogramme bags of grains.

“Each of the 17 local government councils will procure 2500 bags of grains at the cost of N10, 000 each and sell to members of the general public at N3, 000 per bag. Each bag will weigh 100kg.

“The total amount to be spent by the councils in the procurement is N425 million at N25 million per local government”
The statement said the sales will commence throughout the state within the next 10 days.

Fayemi Inaugurates 7 Man Committee To Create Local Government Councils

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has inaugurated a 7 man committee to look into the agitation by the communities on the creation of additional local government councils and the expediency of creating new council areas.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony at Lady Jibowu Hall in Ado Ekiti, the Governor stated that it was in the bid to follow due diligence and extensive consultations that the committee was put together.

Governor Fayemi noted that the agitation for the creation of additional local governments in the state topped the list of requests presented by communities during his annual town hall meetings with the communities across the state.

He added that the move to create additional local government councils is as a result of his participatory style of governance, which he said would be maintained; listening to the yearnings of the people, which was the only way the state could develop.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, then highlighted the administration’s authority to create more councils by reading out the constitutional provisions enabling the state to embark on the creation of the new local government council in the state.