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Top 10 stories of Friday, April 15, 2016

GRAZING COMMISSION BILL REJECTED

The grazing commission bill that is before the National Assembly had been rejected by both Afenifere and governor of Ondo state, saying that the bill was not meant to please everyone but for a particular group in the country.

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko,  the Ondo state governor made a public announcement yesterday, that the bill can not in any way be implemented in the state because rather than helping the Yoruba people it would mar them instead.

 

SENATE AMENDED CCB, CCT BILLS

The Senate yesterday, amended the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) bills, even when the Senate President was unavoidably absent at plenary. His deputy, senator Ike Ekweremadu was in charge of the meeting and lead the house.

Some of the senators spoke in favour of the amended bill, saying it was free and fair for a country like ours, but Barau countered the amendment that there was no need for it but was further intimated that it was the duty of the Senate to amend laws whenever need arises.

 

FAYOSE NOT IN SUPPORT OF $2BN LOAN TO NIGERIA

Following the president’s visit to China this week, on the basis for the development of the country’s infrastructure, the Ekiti State Governor,  Ayodele Fayose had in a letter told the Chinese government not to give out the $2bn loan to the federal government due to the increment in the country’s debt burden.

He added that, the loan would be used to finance the 2016 budget, which had not been signed because of the issues at hand between the executive and the legislative arms of government. He therefore adviced that, if the interest of Nigeria be protected, the country does not need any loan at this time.

 

AISHAT BUHARI LAUNCHES BOOK

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha had on Thursday invited personalities from all walks of life to her book launch at the old banquet hall of the presidential villa, Abuja, titled, “The Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Therapy”.

Surprisingly, dignitaries who were present made secret donations. The  vice president started the secret donation. He added that he and the president were on half salaries and as a matter of fact, he cannot make a large donation.

 

WORKERS REJECT ONE MONTH PAY OFFER

The workers in the Bayelsa State local government councils have refused to accept the one-month salary over 10-month salary arrears owned by the councils. The angered employers lament bitterly over the act of the governor. They promised to take measures that could affect the local governments in the state.

They further requested for the immediate release of three months LGA allocation from the federation account and bailout funds to end the crisis, but Governor Dickson has set a monthly target of 600M already which was part of the goal to set up the revenue of the state.

 

APC, APGA DECLARED WINNERS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had yesterday declared the results of last Wednesday’s rerun elections in four councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The rerun election held Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Kuje, Abaji and Gwagwalada has been announced that APC won five of the six area Council elections, while APGA won in Gwagwalada.

 

4TH MAINLAND BRIDGE, MOU TO BE SIGNED

At the town hall meeting attended by all and sundry at Ikorodu yesterday, the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode opened up on a plan to sign a memorandum of understanding on the development of fourth mainland bridge before May 29.

He pledged his indulgence that once the MOU is signed by next month, work will begin immediately on the bridge and the structure will stir up the economy of Lagos East Senatorial district.

 

FUEL SCARCITY LINGERS

Despite the promises of the government, all to no avail, the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) still sells at between N150 and N300 per litre in some parts of the country. As a matter of fact, even the government officials are groaning at the unending crisis as it seems nothing could be done to  end this menace.

There seems to be hope for Nigeria as the case may be, because as at yesterday the crude oil price rose to $44.38 per barrel. However, it was confirmed that the product would soon be available to ease off stress people are undergoing.

 

KOGI TO GAIN FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL LOAN

Governor Yahaya Bello, yesterday said, it has been selected as one of the lucky state to enjoy the fund from the strategic investment loan to tackle the environmental problems in the state.

Bello said the environmental challenges experienced has posed a great damage to the State, he expressed that the state is not financially buoyant to erase the unbearable situation.

 

BOMADI CATHOLIC VICARIATE ATTACKED

Some youths in Amatebe area of Bomadi town in Delta state have attacked and wounded some members over the decision of the head of the Vicariate, Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo, to convert the hall to a cafeteria at the waterfront of the church’s cathedral.

Trouble ensued when the bishop noticed how the youths were using the hall for gambling and smoking joint. Angered by the bishop’s decision, the youths descended on the church members and threatened to burn down the church. However, the situation was arrested prior to the prompt response of the Joint task force.

 

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