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Wakanow evolves business model, now offers protection services to South-East travellers

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Renowned travel Agency Wakanow has added a new tactic to its travel menu, offering protection services to South-East travellers in its new package.

In a flyer advert seen by Peoples Gazette on Tuesday, the travel agency named the new plan Home Coming to the East. The new plan is expected to motivate South-East travellers of the habit of visiting their hometown to embark on their customary trip despite security worries.

Priced N320,000 for trips from Lagos to any southeastern state, the package is expected to cater for the safe commuting and welfare of passengers and details attached to the trip.

The organisation said the fee will cover transportation in a Toyota Hilux vehicle, two police escorts and a driver.

The travel agency also revealed that those travelling within the South-East region could get access to the special service at a reduced cost of  “N260,000 per day”.

Confirming the development to The Gazette via the organisation’s official WhatsApp page, a customer care representative  who corroborated the travel rate on the flyer said “if you want a one way, then it is NGN 320,000, if it is a round trip then it is NGN640,000.”

“If you require the service within the East, the fee is NGN 260,000 per day,” the care rep added.

Wakanow’s new strategy comes amidst the expected influx of Igbos to their country homes this Yuletide. The parlous security situation of the region remains dreaded for multitudes of indigenes  who traditionally return home from abroad for end-of-year festivities.  

In May, Inspector General of Police Usman Baba to launched Operation Restore Peace in the region as strategy to quell incessant attacks on the police and other government establishments by unknown gunmen.

However, the in security in the region did not abate, even threatening the conduct of Anambra governorship election which eventually held after back channel negotiations with separatists.

Though attacks on government facilities have largely quietened since the conduct of the November 6 election, cases of violence and fatal confrontation continue to occur between gunmen and security operatives.

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CBN reduces charges on electronic transactions

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced a downward review of charges for electronic banking transactions in its revised guidelines to charges by banks, other financial institutions and non-bank financial institutions.

A circular by Chibuzor Efobi, for the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, stated that the review was in response to “further evolution in the financial industry in the last few years.”

The apex bank stated that the new guide included review of other bank charges to align with market developments.

It stated that it also comprised inclusion of new sections on accountability/responsibility and a sanction regime to directly address instances of excess unapproved, (arbitrary) charges.

It added that the revised guidelines took effect from January 1.

The CBN has the mandate to issue the guide to bank charges. The guide provides a basis for the application of charges on various products and services offered by banks and other regulated institutions under the purview of the apex bank.

The guide was first released in 2004 and revised in 2013 and 2017 due to market developments such as new innovations in products and channels, as well as new industry participants.

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Kwara assembly passes N189.4 billion 2022 budget

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The Kwara House of Assembly on Thursday passed the state’s 2022 Appropriation bill of N189.4 billion. 

The appropriation bill was passed after the House considered and adopted the report of House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during Tuesday’s plenary.

The report, which was presented by the Chairman of the Committee, lbrahim Ambali (APC, Owode-Onire), enjoyed the support of all members at the plenary

Some lawmakers in their contributions described the budget as ambitious and urged the executive to ensure swift implementation.

The appropriation bill was later read for the third time by the Clerk of House, Haleemah Kperogi, prior to its passage.

In his remark, the Speaker, Yakubu Danlaadi, reaffirmed the determination of the House towards effective lawmaking in the state.

“With today’s passage of the 2022 Kwara budget, the capital expenditure is 56 per cent of the total budget size, while the remaining 44 per cent is for Recurrent Expenditure,” the Speaker said.

Mr Danlaadi promised that the House would intensify on its oversight function’s to ensure proper implementation of the budget.

The speaker applauded Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for making provision for consequential adjustments of N39,000 minimum wage from grade level seven to seventeen in this year’s budge.

Mr Danlaadi later directed the Clerk of the House, Ms Kperogi, to prepare a clean copy of the Bill for Governor’s assent.

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Man to sweep Bauchi stadium for three months for embezzlement

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The Chief Magistrate Court 4 sitting in Bauchi on Thursday sentenced 40-year-old Abraham Owen to punishment of sweeping the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium for three months. 

Mr Owen was found guilty of misappropriating N145,000 belonging to the Alfijir Wisdom Academy, Bauchi, where he served from 2017 to 2019 as the school headmaster.

The plaintiff, Fatima Shuaibu of the Kafin Tafawa Bayara filed the suit on June 2, 2020 against Mr Owen on a three-count charge of cheating, breach of trust and misappropriation.

The presiding judge, Sadiya Salihu, said after discreet investigations the accused person was found guilty of the offense and ordered him to pay N130,000 and N20,000 as compensation to the plaintiff. 

The trial judge said the judgment was based on sections 305 and 78 of  the penal code law of Bauchi state. 

The court averred that the non-custodial sentence was to enable the defendant to raise the said amount since he had been disengaged from the school’s employment and had lost his means of livelihood. 

The court ordered that the daily labour be carried out under the supervision of a non custodial officer, who should report back to the court on March 22, 2022.

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