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Ilaje Group Applauds Gbajabiamila’s Supports Over Ongoing NDDC Probe

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By Sola Akingboye

A group, Ilaje Oil and Gas Mandate Leaders (IOGML) has expressed gratitude and thanks to the current leadership of the National Assembly, co-chaired by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, on the legislators unflinching support, accorded President Muhammadu Buhari over the ongoing forensic auditing of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to unravel alleged maladministration of the agency since inception.

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This was contained in a statement signed and made available to RegentAfrica Times, by its National Chairman, Chief. Prince Ayerin O. Williams. While laments the huge sum the federal government has expended on NDDC with no values to show for such spending; the group applauded the government’s move to carry out a forensic investigation on the affairs in the Niger Delta Development Commission since its establishment. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“Western Europe was developed with the sum of $15 billion dollars by an act passed in the year 1948 in the United States of America, after the second world war, known as the Marshall Act

“Nigeria has sunk over $50 billion US dollars in NDDC with nothing to show for it.

“This monumental fraud calls for an emergency to be declared on NDDC

“The anti-graft agencies should call for questionings of all former chief executives and officers of the Commission with a view to punishing those found wanting, including their collaborators in the civil service and elsewhere.

The group further lauded the appointment of former Governor Obong Godswill Akpabio and Chief. Sen. Tayo Alasoadura as Minister and Minister of State respectively for the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs.

It posited that the appointment of the two leaders at the helms of affairs in the ministry are not just timely, but round peg in round holes to salvage the industry. The statement added that the mandate given by the President to the two leaders will further help bring total transformation into the interventionist agency.

The Ilaje leaders emphasized that the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC under the supervision of former Governor Akpabio was not opposed to forming a new governing board, but to ensure the successful outcome of the forensic auditing of the commission as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR). It therefore calls for all hands to be on deck to see to the new leadership’s success.

“The two ministers should be supported to ensure that the presidential forensic probe on NDDC is successful”.

“Obong Akpabio has a good pedigree having developed Akwa Ibom state into a modern state in the country with beautiful roads, bridges, and hospitals scientific centers, airport, stadium, and other basic infrastructures.

“We expressed our belief that such a person could also turn around the NDDC which is now found to be massively corrupt.

“The two ministers should be supported to ensure that the presidential forensic probe on NDDC is successful”. It added.

The statement also described Senator Tayo Alasoadura as an astute politician who served as Commissioner for Finance in Ondo state.

“He was able to save as much as N40b during the administration of Dr. Olusegun Agagu, with so much massive development that has not been surpassed by any other administration in the state.

“Sen. Tayo Alasoadura could turn around the offshore operations in Nigeria when he was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) the (PIB) was passed into law

“The combination of the two frontline politicians would make a great difference in checking the rots in NDDC. The statement reads.

IOGML however commended President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for his supports on the anti-corruption crusade of the present administration.

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Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday, June 14, Public Holiday

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The Federal Government has Thursday declared Monday,  June 14, as Public Holiday to mark 2021 Democracy Day.

This is contained in a statement released to journalists on Thursday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore..

Belgore said the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government.Aregbesola congratulated Nigerians on the occasion and urged all citizens to support the present administration in its efforts at ensuring a united and prosperous nation.

The minister urged Nigerians to shun any form of agitation that could threaten the unity of the country for the good of all.

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He added that the space known as Nigeria would be a haven of peace, unity and progress if citizens love  their neighbours and  embrace the spirit of brotherliness.

“As we mark another Democracy Day in the history of our dear country, let us reflect on the efforts of our founding fathers and ensure that Nigeria remains one United and Indivisible Entity.

“We should all know that no meaningful development can take place in an acrimonious environment.“With the challenges we face in Nigeria today, I see an opportunity for us not to break up or break down but to break open; open up to ourselves in truth.

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“So that we may appreciate each other, understand each other, honour each other and live together in peace and prosperity,” he said.

He, however, assured that with the concerted efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the lives and property of Nigerians and stabilise the economy, the nation would continue to get better.

“There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

The Minister, however,  wished all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration.

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Prophet T. B Joshua: Akoko will not remain the same — BTO

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The member of the House of Representatives representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, on Sunday described as ‘great pain of unimaginable level’ the passing of Prophet Temitope Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations.

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This is contained in a released signed by his
Special Adviser on New Media, Also Babatunde

The Lawmaker noted that the Arigidi-born preacher died with a passion for the development of Akoko Land.

He added that he would be remembered for all his intervention in different communities in Akoko.

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“We have not just lost an illustrious son but one of our best. He was a spiritual father, a community developer and everything an Akoko man represents. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); ”

“Some men want to live forever, others want to live long while legends want to leave a legacy when they leave. Prophet T.B Joshua, your legacy lives on in our hearts”

“It’s a sad and dark day for us in Akoko especially in Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency,” he said.

BTO who expressed his condolence in a statement by his Special Adviser on New Media, Alao Babatunde, prayed God grants the people of Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria and members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

News had in the early hours of Sunday filtered in of the passing of the great evangelist at the age of 57.

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Constitutional Review: Sanwo-Olu Calls For Fiscal Federalism, Special Status for Lagos

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the issue of a Special Economic Status for Lagos, considering its place in the national economy and the special burdens the state bore by virtue of its large population and limited land mass, was paramount on the list.

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Sanwo-Olu said this while declaring open the South-West Zonal Public Hearing on the Review of the 1999 Constitution Review organized by the Senate in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu further said that issues of Special Status for Lagos, State Police and Fiscal Federalism were priorities for stakeholders in the state in the ongoing review process of the 1999 Constitution.

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According to him, the request for a Special Economic Status for Lagos was “by no means a selfish one, but one that is actually in the interest of every Nigerian and of Nigeria as a nation. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

”The progress and prosperity of Nigeria is inextricably linked to the progress and prosperity of Lagos State.

”A Special Status for Lagos State, therefore, must be a concern not only for the people of Lagos State alone, but for all Nigerians,” he said

He commended the National Assembly for responding to the concerns of Nigerians on the need to carry out a review the 1999 Constitution to reflect the current realities that we found ourselves as a nation.

”This is what true democracy is all about – the exercise of the sovereign will of the people, regarding how they are being governed and how they wish to be governed.

”The Constitution is the foundational body of principles defining our existence as a nation, and spelling out the rights and responsibilities of all elements and stakeholders.

”It is very necessary to subject that document to a constant process of review and updating, to ensure that it keeps up with changing times and contexts,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He noted that the need for the review of the 1999 Constitution had been a recurring subject of national conversation and clamour, with various groups of stakeholders desiring various particular outcomes.

Sanwo-Olu said that the constitutional amendment process would provide Nigerians the opportunity to express their minds on the issues that must be reflected in the Constitution.

He urged all to come to the exercise in the spirit of give-and-take, with a willingness to mutually compromise and avoid unnecessary tension and division along the way.

“This is what true democracy is all about, the exercise of the sovereign will of the people,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that this could be either by way of amendment to existing provisions or entirely a new provisions.

Earlier, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Chairman, Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, represented by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman of the Southwest Zonal Committee, said that the Senate had decided to adopt a bottom-top approach to engage Nigerians in the process.

Omo-Agege said that the need to address topical issues like judicial and electoral reforms, local government autonomy and devolution of powers were sitting prominently on the agenda of constitutional amendment process.

“A constitution review represents a critical phase in our development and advancement as a nation,” he said.

He said that, as a living document, the constitution and to a large extent our constitutional democracy needed to be reviewed from time to time to take stock and plan for the future.

“We have a compelling duty to carefully address challenges to this nation and there is no better way to do it than through this constitutional amendment exercise,” he added.

He said that the Senate and its counterpart from the House of Representatives, had a herculean task of giving the people the constitution that would speak to the nation’s challenges.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day public hearing had in attendance senators from Ogun, Oyo and Lagos and various groups and workers’ unions, religious leaders, traditional leaders and civil society organisations, among others.

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