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Senate considers taking fight against poverty to LGAs

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The Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration, has expressed worry over the increasing poverty index in the country, noting that the development is putting great pressure on the political actors at the local level.

The committee and some critical stakeholders in the private sector are thus proposing an establishment of investment platforms aimed at reducing poverty especially at local government areas.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Olalekan Mustapha disclosed this much at a local government economic summit organized by the Committee in collaboration with Civi-Pact in Abuja, with the theme, “Local Government System Resilience for Sustainable Development”.

In his address, the Senator said “the Challenges of poverty in Nigeria need an objective and collective approach,” adding that in the globalised world of today, Local governments are fundamentally empowered to attend to the basic needs of people be it economical, Social or political.

He continued “Our experiences of Nigeria Local Government system so far, shows that despite the constitutional provisions; the local government system has inherent weaknesses interms of provisions of basic needs for her people or rather in terms of creating enabling environment for socio-economic life of rural Nigerian to thrive.

“The poverty index is constantly on the increase with unimaginable pressure on the political actors at the local levels. Today in our national life, a mere construction of Culvert, rural feeder roads and other basic infrastructure has become extremely difficult for local government administrators to execute.

“The payment of salary at the local level which is the primary role of local governments existence has become a mirage toady; the old glory of local government system in Nigeria has gradually been eroded.

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“The Local government system in Nigeria has neither political freedom nor economic freedom. The Institutions has become disarticulated and thus bring about hopelessness and surge in poverty indices. In the historical development of China, rural economic activities coordinated by their municipals and provinces were the cradle of their economic development.

“If we dare to leverage on our natural resources and population and with selflessness in our national life, we will surely recreate and regenerate our socio-economic life.”

He further stated that the recent commitment of federal government to lift 100 million Nigerians from poverty in the next five years was a welcome idea, but that such intervention could be utopian or unideal without a robust local government system that can recalibrate itself to the realities of the socio- economic needs of her people.

“It is on the above premise, that multi-local cooperation among the local governments has become one of the few options to poverty reduction and economic prosperity in Nigeria.

“By having a Pool InvestmentBasket for Local Governments in Nigeria; they are going to attenuate the structure of the economy over time.

“Despite the precarious economic challenges and the unnecessary interference the constitutional duties of local governments in Nigeria; a monthly, quarterly and yearly contributions to the funds will be a great leap forward for our shared prosperity and turn the commitment to a multi-billion investment in the nearest future.

“We are looking at investment platform that is private sector driven, multilateral institutions inclined and rural economy centered without any political interferences from any quarter.”

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CJN cautions security agents on harassment of judges

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, on Wednesday, cautioned security and agencies over the increasing harassment of judicial officers in the country.

Muhammad made the call at a special session put together by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to herald the formal commencement of the 2021/2022 legal year of the Supreme Court.

The CJN was reacting to the October 29 invasion of the Abuja home of the Supreme Court Justice, Mary Peter Odili, by security agents.

He said: “I must make it known to all and sundry that we have had enough dosage of such embarrassments and harassments of our judicial officers across the country and we can no longer take any of such shenanigans. The silence of the judiciary should never be mistaken for stupidity or weakness.

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“By the nature of our work, we are conservative but not conquered species and should not be pushed further than this by any individual, institution, or agency of the government.

“With time, those taking the judiciary as a mere weakling will soon realise that it is from the calmest seas, we often experience the fiercest storms.

“Nigeria, to the best of my knowledge, is not a lawless society.

“We should begin to do things that will project us favourably and rightly, too, to the international community.

“No law permits anyone to invade, subdue or overawe any Nigerian citizen in his or her residence with a flimsy, fraudulently obtained search warrant.”

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I will deal with those involved in the killing of Sylvester Oromoni — Buhari vows

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Following the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos State, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal with those involved in the killing. 

This was disclosed in a statement by his spokesman Garba Shehu on Wednesday. 

He said, “For several days now, the nation has been gripped by the news of the tragic incident at Dowen College, in Lagos with morbid details constantly emerging of how our young son, Sylvester Oromoni (Junior) met his death.

“President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the killing of Sylvester, one of our bright youngsters doing excellently in school, bringing joy to the family and if this incident is truly arising from bullying or cultism, the President assures that it must act as a trigger leading to a permanent solution to this recurring problem.

“I share the anger and grief up and down the country following this incident. On behalf of my family and I, and the government of the federation, I convey our heartfelt condolences to the Oromoni family, the government and people of Lagos State and give the firm assurance that this incident will be thoroughly investigated and the appropriate punishment meted out to all those who are culpable.”

The President urges the Police to continue the ongoing investigation until they get to the root of the matter in order for the law to take its course, assuring that justice will be done, no matter who is involved.

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Reps to probe non-appearance of CBN, AMCON for budget defence

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday, resolved to commence investigations into the non-appearance of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company for the 2022 budget defence.

This followed the adoption of a motion moved by a lawmaker, Fatau Mohammed (Katsina).

Mohammed, who led the debate on the matter, decried the non-appearance of the three organizations for the defence of their 2022 budget proposals before the House Committee on Banking and Currency.

He said: “It will interest the House to know that none of the above agencies has been over sighted in the past two years and they have failed to make their 2022 budget available to the committee. How long shall we allow this illegality to continue.”

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In his submission, the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, accused the agencies of flouting the law as every government agency was required to appear before the House for the defence of their budget.

”This is a breach of the law of which this House should make a finding and place it properly the culpability of these agencies. It would be proper for this to come in a way of a motion for an investigation,’’ he said.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, said the House leadership would engage the committee to resolve the matter.

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