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The spokesperson of the senate, Senator Ajibola Basiri has described allegations of lopsidedness in appointment in favour of the North against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the senate’s alleged complicity as beer parlour gossip.
There have been accusation and counter accusations that president Muhammadu Buhari in his appointments does not have regard for the secular nature of the country and that the senate is complicit by approving and endorsing such skewed appointments. Speaking against the backdrop of the controversy over appointments for chairman and secretary of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) both of whom are from the Northern extraction, he said, those peddling the allegations are mischievous politicians.He challenged those behind the allegations to do a tabulation of all appointments being done by the Federal Government to show scientifically and empirically how it has been lopsided. “I will not respect or rely on talks colloquially what people call beer parlour talks and discussion. Section 14(3) of the constitution is clear that that there must be diversity in terms of federal positions such that one part of the country would not be seen to be domineering.”I want to tell you too that politicians can be mischievous I am not saying any senator is mischievous. When you talk of the North we have three zones North central, North East and Northwest but when people want to be mischievous, when appointment comes from North central, they make it as if it is from the North.He said the problem is that such peollw categorise North central, Northwest and North east as North put together but when it soothes them they will talk of South East and south west.On the point raised by senate minority leader, that the secretary and the chairman of the Federal Character commission comes from the North he said Abaribe did not specify whether it is north central, Northwest or North East but just said North.”Of course when you want to make political statements you know what you are doing. He now said that in the past secretary usually comes from the east and chairman from the North there is no law that says so. “With all sense of responsibility when you look at section 14(3) of the constitution, it did not talk about the strength of the appointment but it talks about the composition to ensure there is geopolitical spread and when you look at the composition of that every state have representation.”He said any assemblage where every State has representation one cannot talk about being marginalised just because the chairman and secretary should not come from a part of the country. 
“It is no longer a part but we talk of zone. Did he know whether the secretary comes from North central or North East? The Senate President is from North East, the President is from Northwest. They are all from the North but the people from North West or north East have their own yearning and aspirations. “There is a difference between politics and reality and constitutionality. You can talk of the senate complicity or not if you are able to confront us with empirical evidence of lopsidedness.”He said when appointments were recently made for the people of South East nobody kicked, adding some appointments were made for the south west in the National Hajj Commission, where the present National Chairman of the Hajj commission is from Osun State it was also in good faith.He cited the position if the NCC chairman who is also from South West, saying that appointments come on incremental basis.”To be able to make a case you have to aggregate all the appointment and separate them according to North West, North East, South South, South East and North central, let us have a table and then we will know that a case is made for lopsidedness. He carpeted the popular letter of Col Umar to that accused Buhari of nepotism saying three quarter of the letter were more of political platitudes rather than statistics.”If you want to accuse somebody that is cheating you, if you want to tell somebody that he is cheating you, then you have to provide evidence with reports that will say so.”

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Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Abdullahi Candido, has tendered unreserved apology to residents of the Council over the highhandedness of its Taskforce charged with the responsibility of enforcing compliance with safe road usage by motorists.
Candido tendered the apology yesterday to residents at a stakeholders Town Hall meeting convened by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Taskforce/Marshall: Security Implications and Challenges. 
The town hall meeting was convened to brainstorm on the concerns by members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce.
AMAC authorities had severally alleged that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.
Continuing AMAC chairman pointed out that truely, AMAC task force has over reached its bound with the way it went about its task of ensuring safe road usage by motorists.”Government comes Government goes, what is most important is the policy. Definitely some policies may be harsh not because of the law but because of the actors and implementors.”He said he was a victim of such embarrassment by officials of the task force even as Chairman of the Council, therefore he could connect with the concerns of the residents, stakeholders in the Municipal.He told the gathering that the complaints are not strange to him because he was accosted by the marshal while on the road and embarrassed for no just cause but endured it before revealing his identity to the officials.”I have encountered it myself, I have received series of complaints, I have had reasons to drive to places from where I received complaints to intervene.”The task force has gone to the extreme. The task force did what it was not supposed to do. Sincerely on this note, we are not military dictators, we are civilians , I wish to on behalf of the management of the Abuja Municipal Area Council apologise for the hardhship we have imposed on the people.”Chairman of AMAC said.
He announced that the management of AMAC has disbanded the taskforce and replaced them with the AMAC Marshall who will undergo one month training to provide them with the requisite skills to engage motorists with respect while discharging their duty.According to him: “We are very sorry and sincerely sorry.  Sorry is not enough, we took serious step and measure to ensure the sorry takes effect.”Sometime we see many of these people wearing some form of identity. Some are fake, not all are fake, just like the ENDSARS.”These bad ones we are expunging and disbanding them.”You will never again be confronted with any fake AMAC task force. You will be engaging only with our Marshalls,” Candido stated.

He told Abuja residents to arrest any fake AMAC marshal or task force not on uniform who conducts himself outside civil means to effect compliance to safe road usage.
Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche had in his remark said the Council as partner in the development of the FCT had to bring to the front burner nagging issues among the residents for an improved FCT.Ogbeche said the move by the Council is in accordance with the agenda setting of the fourth estate of the realm, thus the town hall meeting was meant to bring the political leadership and the citizens together to discuss and find a solution to the challenge for a harmonious AMAC and the federal capital city.He maintained that the town hall meeting was not to witchunt but a meeting for social re-engineering of the measures put in place for compliance by motorists to extant rules governing safe parking, and other guide to safe roads usage by motorists.
Olakunle Awoniyi who narrates his experience on two separate ocassions on the Lugbe Axis, told the Chairman, that he heard a strange sound while driving, and as it is usual gor fear of possible fault on his car, he pulled over to check.He said he was still in his car when men of the AMAC task force pounced on him and arrested him for parking by the road side.

He said they were not ready to listen to him to know the reason he had to stop as it took the intervention of the NUJ before his vehicke was released to him.

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Dean of School of Engineering of the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Engr. Mohammad Maali(MNSE) is appealling to Nigerians to assist Dr. (Engr)Ahmed Saba (MNSE) with funds to enable him get a kidney transplant surgery worth fourteen million naira(N14).

A Chief Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr. Saba, hails from Kutigi in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
He has been battling for his life following a diagnosis of advanced kidney disease.

According to the School of Engineering Dean, the Lecturer has “on his own spent over four million naira(N4M) and another fourteen million naira(N14M) is requested for his kidney transplant”.

The following details were provided for any assistance for him from government, organizations and Nigerians.

“Engr. Mrs Alfa Amina Yawo (Ecobank 2111308795).
For more information Contact: 08036928124

Surely, every selfless donation in the cause of saving life shall enjoy the blessings of Almighty God.

Engr. Dodo Almustapha
Department of Electrical Engineering
The Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

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Omo-Agege asks Nigerians to accept police reforms with equanimity

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The deputy president of the senate has admonished Nigerians to see the Federal Government sincerity in President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a holistic police reform as genuine.
He therefore implored all and sundry to embrace the reforms with calmness in the midst of many challenges.
This was contained in a press Statement he personally issued on Wednesday.
He said, “The Federal Government led by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governments of States impacted by these protests have been engaging constructively with our fellow citizens.
“Lately, many Nigerians, especially our youths, have been protesting unjustifiable brutality and other condemnable human rights violations by the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force.

“It is overwhelmingly agreed that our citizens are right to make their voices heard on questions of inhuman and degrading treatments through these peaceful protests.” He said the scene of peaceful Nigerian youths gathering publicly in Abuja today to seek God’s intervention against police brutality in the nation should no doubt touch the conscience of all.

“Ours is a constitutional democracy that guarantees freedom of expression and peaceful assemblies.
“This is the proper approach in a democracy. It is quite reassuring and should always be part of our democratic culture.
He said being an elected representative of a constituency that is impacted by the identified challenges highlighted by the #EndSARS protests, he identifies wholly with citizens who protest peacefully.
According to him, he has spoken in the past and recently against criminal, unethical and violent actions against fellow citizens during errant policing operations.
“It is my hope and prayer that these actions will now stop for good.”

He declared his support all constructive, respectful and responsible engagements to stop human rights violations, as he assure he will always do so.
Oma-Agefe also expressed the believe that comprehensive Police reforms is the only sustainable path for the Police to genuinely earn the trust of Nigerian citizens to execute its constitutional mandate without self-inflicted negative prejudices and suspicions.
“It is commendable that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has, as a necessary initial step, responded to overwhelming demands by disbanding the SARS unit of the Police.
“As generally expected, he has also announced measures to reform the Police – #PoliceReforms – with critical and objective inputs from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and leading human rights activists.
“It is important to encourage this process for the greater good of our nation. I am confident that all Distinguished Senators of the 9th Senate under the leadership of the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Senator Ahmad Lawan, will individually and collectively support and monitor this important process.

“No doubt, the failings of a few have impugned the public image and standing of the Police, and justice must be adequately served in this regard.”
He indicated however that it is generally acknowledged truth that majority of the men/women and officers of the force are patriots.
“For the unsung heroes in the Police who risk so much, including the comfort of their families and even their lives, to protect life and property, they should be rest assured that our citizens sincerely appreciate their sacrifices.
“Be encouraged to serve even better because your fine character, patriotic service and the power of your positive examples are needed to redefine and reposition the Police going forward.”

According to him, democracy demands extraordinary vigilance adding that through peaceful protests, Nigerian citizens have commendably shown their preference for a nation where Police brutality is not an accepted norm.
“This good point having been properly made and courageously accepted by the Government, let us now work together as comrades-in-arms to ensure that we make sustainable gains from the proposed reforms.
“It is time to bring the public protests to an end and shift all positive energies and focus to the important task of collectively reforming our Police.
“That way, we would be able to ensure that the reforms meet public expectations and global best practices.”

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