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Planned payment of N5,000 to ‘poor Nigerians’ will be a cesspool of corruption —PFN

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Wale Oke

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has kicked against plans by the Federal Government to pay N5,000 to the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the country, to cushion the effect of the proposed subsidy removal next year, saying it would be another cesspool of corruption.

The PFN, in a statement by its President, Bishop Wale Oke, on Sunday, opined that removing fuel subsidy would not only worsen the suffering of majority of Nigerians, but an increase in fuel price which will come with the subsidy removal, will trigger tension and crises in the country.

Bishop Oke added that such a move could paralyze the nation’s economy if not handled with utmost care.

“The planned introduction of N5,000 for 40 million poor Nigerians is to create a cesspool of corruption,” the PFN said in the statement.

“How do you define the poor? They, mostly, don’t use telephones. They, mostly, don’t have bank accounts. How will the money get to them?

“The cost of transportation for human and goods across the country will skyrocket and other things connected which will have a spiral effect on general living standard of the populace; the suffering will be multi-dimensional.

“Please, let all stakeholders be sensitive to this avoidable path and do the needful.”

“Without begging the issue, there should be well defined palliative measures in place that can cushion the effect of the hardship being experienced by Nigerians, especially the commoners.

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“One is not talking about political palliatives that never last. We’ve seen enough of such.

Oke added that though the PFN would always support policies that would enhance good governance, the government should put in place tangible palliative measures that could ameliorate the hardship being experienced.

“By whatever means, let the Federal Government put its heart into ensuring that our refineries are back to life.

“In addition, in order to stem the rising cost of living, farmers and others connected to them should be encouraged. This is what can help our economy.

“Everybody will feel it, particularly the less privileged. The negative effects will surely outweigh the positive.”

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Ohanaeze hopes that with time, govt’ll see need for State Police

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Pan-Igbo social-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed its disappointment over government’s rejection of the proposal for State Police in Nigeria.

The reaction came after the House of Representatives Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution this week rejected a bill seeking the creation of state police.

The House Committee scrapped the idea after 14 members of the committee voted against the amendment to section 214 of the 1999 constitution while only 11 others voted in support during a meeting to consider the bill.

Reacting to the rejection, National publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Chidozie Ogbonnia hammered on the importance of having a State Police department, adding that the government would eventually see the beed for it.

“The issue of central police has already collapsed in Nigeria,” said Ogbonnia.

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“In a Federation, there ought to be multiple levels of security architecture, even down to the local Government Area. There is no Federation without multiple levels of security architecture. They compliment the central police.

“Here is the South East, that is why Ohanaeze supports the formation of Ebubeagu, they operate at local levels to compliment the central security architecture.

“They (Ebubeagu personnel) have a relationship with the rural communities and make the job of the central police easier because they understand the environment more than somebody from outside.

“Evidently, there is a need for them to complement each other. I want to believe that with time, they will understand the need for state police”.

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Ekiti Guber: Biodun Oyebanji wins APC primary election

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The immediate past secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship direct primary election held in the State.

Oyebanji, who is widely perceived as Governor Kayode Fayemi’s anointed candidate, emerged the winner with 101,703 votes.

He defeated seven other aspirants who had earlier protested against the electoral process, and pressed for it to be canceled.

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They had claimed, among others things, that the Chairman of the APC primary election committee, and Governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, had handed Oyebanji’s supporters the result sheets to write the results before the election.

The aggrieved governorship aspirants include: Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, Demola Popoola, Afolabi Oluwasola, Hon Femi Bamisile and Kayode Ojo.

However, Badaru noted that the election which took place across 177 wards was peaceful, credible and transparent.

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Buhari appoints Tahir new MD of NEMSA

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Buhari appoints Aliyu Tukur Tahir new MD of NEMSA

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Engr. Aliyu Tukur Tahir as the substantive Managing Director/Chief Electrical Inspector General of the federation (MD/CEI) of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA).

The Honourable Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jedy-Agba, OFR, who’s the supervising Minister of the agency confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja.

Jedy-Agba who congratulated the new MD charged him to see the new responsibility as a call to continue to do his best towards the actualization of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s power agenda.

He said Engr. Tahir whose appointment is for a period of four years and subject to renewal for another term will be sworn in on a date to be communicated.

Tahir is to replace Engr. Peter Ewesor who retired last year from public service. Ewesor was the pioneer MD of the agency and held the position for eight years, covering two terms.

The new MD who hails from Yobe State in North-Eastern Nigeria was until his appointment, the General Manager, Technical Standard and Inspectorate Services Department of NEMSA.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University. He is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Power Engineers (NIPE), the Nigerian Society of ENGINEERS (NSE), the Institute of Electrical Electronics ENGINEERS (IEEE) as well a member of the Council of Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

During the Power Sector Reform Programme, Engr. Tahir served as the Secretary of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) Board.

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