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Senate Blames 1976 LG Reform for insecrity

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Senate Blames 1976 LG Reform for insecrity
***advocates specific roles for Traditional Rulers to tackle insecurity

The Senate has indicated that the vacuum of intelligence gathering at the grassroots created by the 1976 local government reform is responsible for the wave of insecurity bedeviling the Nation particularly in the Northern part of the country was 
They insisted that the removal of traditional rulers from administrative structure  of local government councils across the country through the reform, created the vacuum of intelligence gathering at the grassroots.This they said resulted into all manner of insecurity in the country today from Boko Haram to Armed Banditry and even  herdsmen/ farmers clashes .
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan in his remarks after he was conferred with Ganuwan Kebbi title by the Emir of Argungun, Alhaji Muhammad Mera at the National Assembly, decried the removal of traditional rulers from governance, particularly at the local government councils in 1976 .
“The  traditional fathers have always been supportive of government. We from the northern part of the country know that in the past that the traditional rulership played a very key stabilizing role in administration which is highly needed now .”In fact, we need to have a proper formal role given role to  them and more especially with the current security situation in the country .”I am sure that the traditional rulers can provide a lot of support for government and security agencies in fighting snd winning the insecurity challenges that we have today”, he said .
Fielding questions from journalists on the problem of insecurity in the country at the sideline of the ceremony, the Leader of the Senate , Senator Yahaya Abdullahi ( APC Kebbi North), said the 1976 local government reforms laid the unfortunate foundation , particularly in the North .
According to him, as far as intelligence gathering and required mechanism of  fighting  crime at the grassroots are concerned in the North , traditional rulers and by extension, the various Emirates , are the best bet .He explained that before the 1976 local government reform, rates of crime and criminalities in the North , were low because of active roles played by traditional rulers then .
“Unfortunately the 1976 local government reform removed the traditional rulers from active role in governance at the grassroots and invariably created vacuum for effective intelligence gathering which has snowballed into big problem of insecurity in the entire North today as regards Boko Haram , Armed banditry , herders and farmers clashes  etc .”There is need to restore their role because there can be vacuum in power if you divest a group of people of required  power or responsibilities, those unexpected will  rush to fill the vacuum as it is the case in the North now .

“Fortunately, the process of constitution amendment is ongoing, providing opportunity  for stakeholders  in the  country , to fashion out constitutional role for  traditional rulers at the local government level ” he said .Earlier at the traditional title presentation to the Senate President , the Emir of Argungu who was represented by a delegation led by Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan, said Lawan was considered for the title because of his quality leadership in the National Assembly and positive roles being played in the Nigerian political landscape .
The Emir added that attendance of Lawan at the last fishing and cultural festival in the Emirate , also contributed to his choice for the title.

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

From Daniel Abel, Mafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said it would summon the committee in charge of Primary School teachers screening exercise next week to investigate allegations by some teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers of their respective local government areas.

Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee made this known on Wednesday when he led other members of the committee on an assessment visit to ongoing construction and renovation of primary schools in Lafia, Obi and Doma Local Government Areas of the State respectively.

According to him, “We will invite the committee in charge of Primary School screening exercise next week in order to get to the bottom of the hues and cries by some primary school teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers”.

“We will do the needful after we hear from the committee. We will continue to stand for justice in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the education sector, ” he said.

Ogazi indicated that the inspection was aimed at ensuring that contractors adhere strictly to project specifications.

The lawmaker commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving adequate attention to the education sector while assuring the state government of the assembly’s support to its policies and programmes.

The committee expressed concern over non commencement of work by some contractors in their various sites.

He also called on contractors, who are yet to complete their works to do so in their interest and for the overall development of the education sector.

“We call for speedy completion of all the ongoing works.

” We are out to ensure that the right things are done in the interest of our children and for the overall development of the education sector.

‘ We are out to ensure that we check deficiencies in projects execution in order to avoid wastage of government money, ” he said.

He urged communities across the state to take ownership of projects in their domains for the overall development of the education sector and the state at large.

Ogazi advised teachers to be disciplined in their duties for the overall development of the state.

The Committee Chairman also urged teachers to impart positive knowledge on the younger ones, adding that no society would achieve meaningful progress and development without quality education.

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project
By Joseph Sunday

Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary  steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project. 

The resolution was reached by the Upper Chamber sequel to the consideration of a motion to that effect during plenary on Wednesday. 

The motion titled: “Need for Immediate Completion of the Abadigba-Egwume Power Plant Project in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State” was sponsored by Senator Isah, Jibrin (APC, Kogi East). In his presentation, Jibrin noted that sometime in 2007, the Federal Government embarked on a power plant project at Abadigba-Egwume in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State to light up Kogi East Senatorial District, against the backdrop of the persistent poor power supply in the area;  He further noted that the project advanced with the installation of various equipment, including three giant power plants and two transformers, in readiness for connection with Geregu Power station at Ajaokuta. 

The lawmaker expressed concern that “the project has become one of the abandoned projects in the country as no effort has been made to complete it in line with the laudable intentions of the government, thirteen years after initiating it.” According to Jibrin, “the continued abandonment of the project has led to the destruction of some of the connecting wires and cables due to bush burning, in addition to vandalization by criminals, thereby occasioning avoidable losses to the government.”  He added that, “the project is at 70 percent  completion stage, according to information from engineers, and only requires minimal additional resources to make it functional.” The lawmaker while expressing optimism that completing the Abadigba power project would boost production activities and economic development, stressed that, “most companies and businesses outfits currently rely on  generations with the attendant increase  in cost of production, leading  to high  prices of services.”  Contributing, Senator Yakubu Husseini (APC, Kogi Central) bemoaned the number of abandoned federal government projects across the country.  He, however, said that completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project “would support and improve the socio-economic development of the area and by extension, Kogi State in general and Nigeria.” He added: “When this project is completed, in line with the Light-up Kogi East project of the State Government–it would vis-à-vis complement this effort and improve the lives of the citizenry in Kogi State.  “I am always worried when I look at the  level and state of abandoned projects in Nigeria. This is a project that government funds; government scarce resources have been invested–over seventy percent–and at the end of the day abandoned.  “If this project is completed, it is a self-sustaining project. It is a project that will generate revenue for the government and would improve the life of the citizenry.” Accordingly, the upper chamber in its resolution mandated the Senate Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project and report back to the Senate within four (4) weeks. 

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account


By Sunday Joseph

The chairman senate committee on trade and investment has chided the managing Director of oil and gas free zone authority Onne Mr. Umanah Umanah for not following the circular of the ministry of finance in remitting its revenue to the federation account.This was happening during the 2020 budget performance appraisal and 2021 budget defense of the authority before the committee.The managing Director told the Senate committee on trade and investment that it generated 2.717b in 2020 and remitted 335m instead of 679m because of overhead cost. Senator Francis Fadausi orders the agency to remit the actual revenue which is 25% of the revenue generated and warned q the agency from operating the surplus.

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