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Airline operators want NASS to infuse Presidential order in finance bill

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The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have called on the National Assembly to infuse into the Finance Bill 2020, the presidential order, granting import duty waiver on commercial aircrafts, spare parts as well as removal of VAT from air transport. 
The Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace and Vice President of the association, Alex Onyema, who spoke on behalf of the operators,  Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika at the National Assembly during a meeting.
He decried the situation whereby the Nigerian Customs Service had reintroduced the taxes even when the president has not revoked his order taken at the Federal Executive Council. 
He said the reintroduction of import duty has had huge impact on their businesses. 
According to him, everything about aircraft is imported and that the operators were getting loans at 15 per cent interest rate and forex at N510 and sometimes N506. 
He said over 50 airlines have collapsed in Nigeria in the last thirty years. 
Onyema, blamed the collapse on unfavourable policies, saying that drastic measures must be taken by government to save the aviation sector.
“It is not something to be proud of that in the last 30 years of our life as a nation, over 50 airlines have gone down. The owners of these airlines succeeded in other businesses. Why did they fail in aviation? It could be traced to so many factors including corporate governance, but most importantly is policies. The policies have never been friendly to aviation,” he said. 
“We want the presidential directive to be incorporated in the Finance Bill currently being considered by the National Assembly. That is the only way the directive will work,” he added. 
He said the airline operators had planned to shut down last week but for the intervention of the Minister of aviation. 
Responding, the Senate President assured that their demand would be looked into.
Lawan, however, urged the airline operators to send a representative with their demands to the public hearing on the Finance Bill 2020, which held at the National Assembly yesterday. 
Lawan said though the country was facing difficult time and in need of revenue, the drive for revenue should not stifle businesses. 
“We need to strike a balance,” he said.  
“That’s why the government should come in. We shouldn’t allow the exchange rate to kill our businesses. 
“The Aviation industry around the world is facing serious challenges, and if the government did not support it, aviation businesses will sick and may be forced to close. 
“At least for the sake of the people that will loose their jobs, the government needs to support them,” he added.

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Yoruba group tackles Zamfara Gov over Reckless, Insensitive, statement

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Yoruba group tackles Zamfara Gov over Reckless, Insensitive, statement

The Yoruba Peace and Leadership Initiative ( TYLPI ) has condemned the statement credited to the Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, on alleged killings of Northerners in the South and his threat of reprisals in the north.

The group describe the statement coming from the Governor as baseless, distasteful, reckless, insensitive and irresponsible.
In a press statement issued by its Director of Publicity, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho, TYLPI said it was unguarded statements like the one made by Governor Matawalle that triggered off the crisis that landed the nation in a 30 month civil war that claimed millions of lives and arrested its development.

It said Matawalle’s statement smirks of dangerous desperation by those who believe that the nation must travel on a trajectory pre-determined by them alone.

TYLPI also said the unguarded statement by the Zamfara State Governor reflected poorly on the nation’s leadership recruitment process.

It praised the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) for its timely and courageous condemnation of Governor Matawalle’s statement.

Noting that Nigeria was in very difficult times, the group said the least that was expected of leaders across the nation was for them to guard their utterances and let out only words that build bridges among the people rather than raise tension.

Describing Matawalle’s statement as akin to a man who attempts to set fire to the roof of the house in which he is sleeping, the Yoruba group said those who ignite the fire of crisis ought to be well aware that nobody can predict the direction the fire of instability would spread or its possible victims.

What the nation needed now, the group said, were genuine patriots who would proffer workable solutions to the issues afflicting the nation.

“It behoves all men and women of goodwill to disperse, with responsible conduct and utterances, the evil cloud hanging over Nigeria. Nobody knows who will be swept away by the flood, should the rain be allowed to fall,” the group added.

The Yoruba group said every part of Nigeria had people from other ethnic groups living with them and urged leaders to be careful so as not to set the country on fire.

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COREN declares zero tolerance for substandard engineering practices

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has said it would not condone any form of substandard practice in the engineering profession across the 36 States of the federation including the Federal Capital Teritory..

The president of COREN Engineer Ali Rabiu, made the declartion during the inauguration of their Nasarawa state office in Lafia, the state capital on Thursday.

He said the aim of having their office in Nassarawa State is for to bring its services to the Nasarawa state government and the people of the state to ensure definitive effectiveness is being achieved.

According to him, the executive order 5 recently signed by President Muhammad Buhari would go a long way in actualizing the global best practice advocacy if effectively implemented.

He, however, admonished all engineers across the country to always be at their best adding that they are expected to always live above board as worthy ambassadors of COREN in Nasarawa state.

His words: “I therefore, urged you to always be at your best in project delivery. The Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM) will not tolerate any form of substandard practice in the discharge of your duty.”

Rabiu said that in 2018, the national assembly strengthened the power of COREN by amending its Act, saying the renewed powers widens the scope of ERM which led COREN to Nasarawa state in July 2020.

He applauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for providing the land for the building of their office complex in the state.

Earlier, while inaugurating the engineering edifice, Governor Abdullahi Sule said the state donated the land for the construction of the Secretariat complex after considering the significant his administration attaches to the engineering profession.

He maintained that it is in furtherance of that collective commitment aimed at stimulating the development of engineering profession in the state as fulcrum for meaningful development that prompted the decision by the state.

His words: “Let me commend COREN for this laudable project, aimed at providing conducive working environment for the council in order to enhance efficiency in the delivery of service in the state.

Sule urged the citizens of the state to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the engineering complex to engage in meaningful ventures that will add value to their lives and become self reliant as well as employer of labour in the state.

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ENDSARS: FG innaugurates Police Public complaints committee (PPCC)

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#ENDSARS: FG innaugurates Police Public complaints committee (PPCC)

In its bid to forestall the repeat of the ENDSARS protest that led to loss of lives and property in October 2020, the minister of police Affairs Alhaji Muhammed Maigari Dingyadi has inaugurated Police Public complaints committee (PPCC).
The commission is to provide permanent structure that will help to effectively nip in the bud civil unrests with their undesirable and disruptive tendencies, by providing the populace with the opportunities to channel their grievances on the misconduct of Police Personnel to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.

While inaugurating the committee the minister said if the committee had been active, it would have provided adequate channel through which affected Nigerians would have been ventilating their grievances on Police brutality and the tragedy which befell the nation late last year might have been averted.

“This administration is therefore determined that such ugly incidents would never occur again.”He recalled his address to the National Assembly during the defence of the Ministry’s 2021 budget to the effect that the PPCC would be reactivated to investigate all complaints involving Police Personnel and members of the public.”It is good to note that the PPCC had been in existence since but over the years became moribund due to lack of funds.’ Indeed, 
“While there is a Public Complaints Commission that deals generally with all kinds of complaints against administrative injustices by public institutions, the Police Public Complaints Committee, which we are inaugurating today is created as a specialized institution to deal strictly with public complaints against Police Personnel. “Needless to say that this practice is obtainable in many advanced nations such as Canada””The overriding objective of the PPCC is to serve as an institution that has oversight on the activities of Police Personnel viz-a -viz their interaction with the public. 

“It is obvious that the current habit of the public lodging complaints against Police Personnel at Police Stations or at various Police commands have not given the desired solutions to aggrieved Nigerians. 

Once the PPCC becomes operational, he said he will expect it to swing into action by embarking on wide publicity and Sensitization campaigns to enable Nigerians to be aware of its existence and its functions and thereby recognize it as a proper avenue to channel their complaints against Police Personnel. 

He said the Committee is also expected to create a platform and Special dedicated phone numbers through which the public can channel their complaints. 

“I would also like to see the PPCC decentralize its structure to ensure that Nigerians have easy access to it. “For instance, the PPCC may even consider opening channels of communication at all Local Government Headquarters for this purpose.”

“The PPCC is designed to have a Subcommittee to be known as Special Investigation Unit (SIU). This will be made up of professionals who will be charged with the responsibility of indepth analysis and thorough investigation of every case broughtbefore it and proffer recommendations accordingly.

 “I charge the PPCC to work assiduously and in a transparent manner as to give confidence to Nigerians that their complaints will be attended to by a fair, just and equitable systerri. 

“The Committee is not out to witchhunt the men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force, rather it is to work in synergy with the Police to ensure it carries out its mandate effectively. 

“I therefore charge the members of the PPCC to rise above board in the discharge of their duty. The Government is committed to support the PPCC in every possible way to help it achieve its mandate.

“The committee is made up of Ministry of Police Affairs (Chair); Police Service Commission; Ministry of Justice, National Human Rights Commission, National Intelligence Agency and Non Governmental Organizatien (CLEEN Foundation) 
Others are Nigeria Police Force, Police Community RelatIons Committee, department of State Security services and Police Inspectorate Department (Secretariat) 

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