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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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IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Rearrested, Remanded In DSS Custody

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The Federal Government has rearrested the self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, who has been on the run after jumping bail in 2017.

This was revealed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami on Tuesday in Abuja. Nnamdi Kanu was later arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja, Tuesday,

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Abubakar Malami while briefing newsmen in Abuja said Kanu was arrested on Sunday through the joint efforts of the intelligence and security services.

Malami further said that, “Self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Kanu, has been intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services,” Malami said in a statement. push({});

“He has been brought back to Nigeria, in order to continue facing trial after disappearing, while on bail regarding 12 count charge against him.

“Recent steps taken by the Federal Government saw to the interception of the fugitive Kanu on Sunday the 27th day of June 2021.

“Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu, born 25th September, 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia state Nigeria, is a holder of Nigerian Passport No A05136827, first issued 17th October, 2013, at FESTAC, Lagos,

“It is recalled that Kanu was arrested on 14th October 2015 on 11 count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.

“A judge at the Federal Hgh Court, Abuja on 28th March, 2019, revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health ground and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for hearing.

“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against the Nigerian state and institutions,
“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in south-eastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.”

Meanwhile, The Federal High Court ordered that Nnamdi Kanu, be remanded in the Department of State Service (DSS) facility, pending the determination of his trial.

Justice Binta Nyako gave the order after counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Shuaibu Labaran, told the court that the defendant (Kanu), who jumped bail, had been arrested and produced in court.

Labaran urged the court for an order detaining the arrested IPOB leader at the DSS facility pending the hearing and determination of the matter. Justice Nyako, who granted the plea, adjourned the matter until July 26 for trial continuation.

However, no sooner had the judge ruled than Kanu indicated his interest to talk.

Nnamdi Kanu told the court that he decided to go underground because his house was raided but he escaped. He further said that if he had not escaped, he might have been killed like other members of the group.

The judge, who advised him not to feel discomfiture to stand his trial, urged him to get across to his lawyer for the trial.

Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on October 14, 2015 on 11 count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.

A judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health ground issuing a bench warrant for his arrest, same date, over his failure to appear in court for hearing.

After jumping bail, Kanu has been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions.

He was also accused of instigating violence especially in the South-eastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.

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How To Ensure Your Children Desist From Drug Abuse

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Dr Ngozichukwu Unaogu, a Consultant Psychiatrist, on Saturday charged families to ensure that children and wards desist from experimenting or engaging in drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

Unaogu, who is the Head, Training and Research of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, gave this advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on the import of 2021 World Drug Abuse Day.

This year’s World Drug Abuse Day, which is celebrated every June 26, is with the theme: “Share Facts on Drugs and Save Lives’’.

Unaogu noted that families have a lot to do in terms of sensitizing the young ones against drug abuse since “the family is the smallest unit of the society’’.

According to her, every individual comes from a family and I think if each family trains and educates their wards against drug abuse and trafficking, the job will be less.

“When the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is brought down to the family level, a lot will be achieved in stemming the menace and up scaling treatment at the neigbourhood, community, state and societal levels.

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“There is a need for parents to find time to educate their wards on psycho-active substances and their various side effects on the physical, emotional and social aspect of their lives.

“I think if we take it from the cradle, from the family level, we will achieve more than we are achieving now.

“Because children will grow up with the knowledge and awareness that psycho-active substances or drugs are injurious to health. I also think it will reduce the demand and use of drugs,’’ she said.

Unaogu, who is also the Head of Training of International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), also called on parents to monitor children’s behaviour, the friends they keep and their social engagements.

She advised parent to watch out for signs that suggest drug use in children, which includes withdrawal to oneself, being secretive, being aggressive or relapsing into depression, having strange objects or paper wrappers in school bags and their rooms.

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“Other signs are: keeping secretive friends, keeping late at nights or staying outdoors excessively;  visiting morally injurious websites in the Internet and suddenly showing signs of disrespect and boldness,’’ the consultant psychiatrist said.

She also warned parents to protect their children against bad influence of adults that take alcohol, cigarette and Indian hemp around homes no matter how closely related to the family.

Unaogu said: “Make it clear that uncles and aunts taking one form of drug or alcohol do it outside the home and never to send a child on an errand to buy some for them.

“Most times, children will be tempted to experiment taking the remnant of the alcohol or smoke when asked to tidy-up the table in the guise of wanting to get a feel of what the substances give or do’’.

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World Drug Abuse Day is meant to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse.

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APRM Nigeria 2nd Peer Review: President Buhari Approves Report, Ready For Validation

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Following the Presentation of Country Self-Assessment Report (CSAR) of Nigeria’s Second Peer Review Process by Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) during its weekly Meeting on 23rd June, 2021,  President Muhammadu Buhari approved the Report, now ready for validation by the Country Review Mission (CRM) of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), a voluntary self-assessment instrument of African Union to deepen Good Governance and Development.  

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In a statement signed by Media Assistant to NC/CEO,AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu on Friday in Abuja said that National Governing Council, led by the Chairman, Senator Abba Ali, accompanied by Princess Gloria Akobundu, Secretary of the Council and CEO, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria; Dr. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Louis Mandama, and Prince Ugo Beke, Members of NGC, presented the CSAR while  Dr. A. A. Karim, Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies at National Institute For Security Studies, Abuja, the Institute that carried out domestic Review of the Report was also in attendance. 

Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development/ African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) Nigeria, lauded President Buhari for his unwavering support to the Process, adding that once again the President had demonstrated through his approval of the report, his strong commitment and believe in the Review Process.

According to Akobundu, given the President’s commitment to the Review, recommendations of the Report will get Federal Government’s attention. 

“President Buhari approved the conduct of Nigeria’s Second Review, 11 years after First Review. He ensured that the necessary structures were put in place including the inauguration of the National Governing Council Members, drivers of the Process.

“The NGC and the National Secretariat keying into the President’s passion for the process, ensured rapid and careful implementation, even amid COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thank God for the cooperation and support of stakeholders across every sector of the economy and National life.

“We highly appreciate APRM Continental for its guidance and cooperation towards the success of the exercise,” she said.

On 24th June,2021, Akobundu along with,  Dr. Mandama, Prince Beke and Dr. Karim, as well as Mrs. Adefunke Adimula, Director,  APRM Department in the Agency  visited Hon Prince Clem Agba, Hon Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, as follow up to SGF’s  Presentation of Country Self-Assessment Report (CSAR) of the Second Peer Review of Nigeria to the  Federal Executive Council.

Nigeria’s Second CSAR is a product of meticulous process started in 2019 as part of President Buhari ‘s commitment to good governance and Development of the nation focusing on the four APRM thematic Areas namely: Democracy and Political Governance; Socio-Economic Development ; Corporate Governance ; Economic Governance and Management; as well as Cross-cutting Issues, after the first Review was carried out in 2008.

With the approval of the President, all is now set for the Country Review Mission Team, led by Ambassador Mona Attia, who are expected in the country to validate the CSAR by conducting town hall meetings, Sectoral Consultations and meeting with key stakeholders across the six Geo-Political zones.

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