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Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, says the federal government will pay Nigerians transport allowance after removing fuel subsidy.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Thursday, Ahmed said fuel subsidy is costing the country resources that should have been used for education and health.

She described fuel subsidy as a “major drain and waste” on the country’s economy, adding that it is crucial that the country exit from the fuel subsidy regime.

The finance minister said the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) provides that petroleum products should be deregulated, adding that deregulation will take effect in July 2022.

“In making our plans at least in the 2022 budget, we assumed that this deregulation will take effect from July 2022,” she said.

“While the act was passed. The president said there would be a one-year timeframe within which implementation will be made, moving from the status quo to the provisions of PIA.

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“We assume that by June we will be able to exit the fuel subsidy, and we have made provision only up till June in the budget for fuel subsidy.

FG To Pay Nigerians Transport Allowance After Fuel Subsidy Removal- Zainab Ahmed

“And it is important that we exit this subsidy. It is costing us a significant amount of resources that we could have applied for education, health and critical infrastructure. It is a major waste and a major drain on the economy.”

Asked if the federal government is prepared for a scenario in which labour unions will reject fuel subsidy removal, the minister said the federal government is planning the deployment of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles as an alternative to petrol-aided vehicles.

Ahmed said the federal government is considering the payment of transport allowance to Nigerians for six or 12 months to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.

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She said the transport allowance will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of the right people through the help of a bank verification number and national identity number.

“What we are doing now is — we’ve been negotiating with labour. We are planning and deploying CNG — which is an alternative to mass transit to PMS,” she added.

“But we are also looking at providing some palliatives for a large number of the population in terms of maybe a transport subsidy for a short period like six months or if it is long, maybe nine months or maximum 12 months.

“Transport subsidy that would be given directly to individuals. What is constraining us is the issue of registration. The national identity registration process is ongoing and we want to make sure that this subsidy goes into the hands of the right people.

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“That we can make transfers to people using their BVNs, account number and national identity number, and we know that it has gone to the right people.

“That is part of the things we are negotiating and working on. We are also engaging with the World Bank in designing a programme that will help us to provide succour for at least a minimum of 6 months, maximum of 12 months to enable us to make that transition.”

Asked when the fuel subsidy regime would end, she said, “If you look at what I said earlier, as from July 2022, there is no provision for fuel subsidy.

Asked if Nigerians should forget fuel subsidy in July 2022, she said, “Yes. We are trying to see if we can make it earlier. If we are able to get the funding to provide this alternative transport allowance, then we will be able to make it earlier.”

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Imo State Attorney General Denies Involvement In Any Child Trafficking

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GOVERNMENT OF IMO STATE OF NIGERIA

OFFICE OF THE HONOURABLE ATTORNEY & COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICE

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

PRESS RELEASE

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF IMO STATE IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY CHILD TRAFFICKING MATTER

The attention of the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Imo State has been drawn to the malicious, procured and orchestrated news item being circulated by media outfits suggesting that the Honourable Attorney General of Imo State is subverting Justice in a case of child trafficking for which he has been summoned by a Magistrate Court for explanation. We are also aware that this is a fall out of a Press Conference granted by one Igboayaka O. Igboayaka of the acclaimed Ohaneze Youth Council, who made the erroneous and unfounded allegations against the Chief Law officer of Imo State.

While the Attorney General is not surprised over the continued evil orchestration against his person by opposition elements with parochial intent to serve, he is however surprised that responsible media establishments could go to town with such false and malicious news without first seeking clarification from the office of the Attorney General. It is important to note that the office of the Attorney General is vested with the full constitutional powers of prosecution in the State with the right to determine who to prosecute, when to prosecute and where to prosecute. He also has the unquestionable right to review all cases pending in court to determine whether to continue the prosecution or to withdraw same. The present Attorney General of Imo State is a seasoned legal practitioner who will not be taught how to exercise his powers by merchants of preconceived intentions. Every citizen of Imo State standing trial in our courts is presumed innocent until proven guilty and the instruments of the state legal processes will not lend itself into any attempt to find any person guilty before the end of his or her trial. The office of the Honourable Attorney General cannot also be blackmailed or hastened into making a wrong decision in any matter as it’s decisions are usually made after seriously thought-out legal opinion by the State Legal officers.

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Categorically, the office of the Imo Attorney General holds as follows:

1. That it has recalled from the courts, the case files in the following charges:

(a). OW/505C/2021 – Cop. Vs. Ohanyere Lilian & Anor.

(b). OW/562/2021 – Cop. Vs. Anayo Don & Anor.

(c). OW/54C/2021 – Cop. Vs. Ebuzoaju

2. That the office of the Director of Public Prosecution will review the case files and present the Attorney General with appropriate legal opinions on the cases.

3. That presently, the Attorney General has not ruled out the possibility of sending the casefiles back to the Police for proper investigation in view of the petitions received from the suspects on the nature of special interest interference in the investigation into the matter by the former SARS Commander.

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4. That further investigations on the matter may lead to the conduct of a DNA test if found necessary.

Furthermore, it is instructive to mention that the Honourable Attorney General of Imo State was not summoned by any Magistrate to appear before her for any explanation as regards the case of child trafficking. Rather, the Court invited the office of the Attorney General as represented by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to clarify the Court with the decision whether to continue the case at the Magistrate Court or arraign the suspects on information before the High Court in accordance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Imo State.

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This clarification has become necessary because of the wrong impression conveyed by the malicious and mischievous presentation of the reports by some media and Internet news platforms.

The Attorney General of Imo State will continue to strive for a better Imo State where the rule of law reigns Supreme. And we seize this medium to plead with mischief makers to henceforth, stop these unwarranted attacks on the office and person of the Attorney General of Imo State.

Thank you and God bless you all.

I. A Ositadimma
Special Adviser, Media.
03 December, 2021

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A former National Publicity Secretary of the `Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as an unpatriotic Nigerian.

Ibegbu claimed that Buhari was more patriotic and loyal to Niger Republic than Nigeria, where he is the president.

Further speaking, the former Ohanaeze spokesman, said Buhari would retire to Niger Republic in 2023 due to his loyalty to the country.

Buhari’s loyalty to Niger Republic, was behind the decision to construct a railway line from Katsina State to Maradi, Ibegbu said.

He recounted how Buhari, during his tenure as Military Head of State supported a candidate from Niger Republic for a position of the African Union Secretary General, ahead of a Nigerian.

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Buhari is unpatriotic to Nigeria – Ohanaeze Chieftain

Nigeria is currently constructing a 284 kilometers standard gauge rail line enabling interconnectivity between Nigeria and Niger Republic.

When completed, the railway line worth over $2 billion would connect Nigeria with countries in the West Africa sub-region for the promotion of trade and commerce.

However, Ibegbu said: “When he was the Military Head of State, there was an opening for the position of the Secretary of the African Union, and instead of supporting his fellow compatriot, Peter Ornu from Nigeria, he supported one Umaru, a Fulani man from Niger Republic as the Head of State of a country.

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“So, his loyalty is not to Nigeria, but to Niger Republic, and this is why he is building a rail line worth $2billion from Katsina to Maradi.

“As soon as his tenure ends, he will return to his country which is Niger Republic.

“Mind you, most of the people ruling us are not Nigerians. Sani Abacha is not a Nigerian, he is from Northern Cameroon. Gowon, Obasanjo, IBB, Gen Abubakar are Nigerians but the others are not.”

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N200m Worth vehicles for Adamawa trad’l rulers: We will no longer tolerate schemer as Gov-Umar replies Kumangar

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.……..Gov Fintiri knows without me saying he has lost the Dougirei House come 2023

The reaction and counter-reaction over the two hundred million Naira worth of vehicles the Governor of Adamawa procured for five first-class Traditional rulers in the state are dominating the public space of discourse, especially in some social media platforms with observers analyzing the gesture.

The response of Mustapha Umar Madawaki to have said the vehicles are a misplaced priority considering the hundreds of pensioners on queue waiting for their pension got a quick reaction by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Media aide, Mr. Solomon Kumangar.

His comments attracted a reaction from Governor Fintiri’s Director-General on communication and media, Kumangar, and Justified the stand of the government that:

“For Governor Fintiri to purchase vehicles for First Class Traditional Rulers after 20 years since any Governor could make such kind gesture towards the first-class rulers in the state was a welcome idea that needs to be applauded not a self-serving gesture.

“This fellow Umar Mustapha is speaking due to pains of defeat he faced during the 2019 contest, and we understand his frustration; it was Governor Fintiri that has approved 1.5 billion naira to pensioners since the advent of the state or has any pensioner run to him to cry out over not getting pension.
“Umar Mustapha and his cohorts are scared stiff of the “looming disgrace” awaiting them at the 2023 polls, forgetting that those sponsoring him will face an imminent and inevitable electoral defeat too, come 2023.”

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In a counter-reaction to the above statement, Mustapha said that Adamawa has come of age where they will no longer tolerate schemers.

He said to let it be known to Solomon that Governor Fintiri knows without him (Umar) saying that he has lost the Dougirei House come 2023.

“I may and may not be his replacement, only God knows, people like him and his surrogates will never be trusted with public responsibility again. we want politicians with a mind of their own, who will unite our people and lay a foundation for the economic development of the state.” Said Umar

Mustapha continued to say that:

“But for some unsubstantiated allegations made by Mr. Kumangar, I wouldn’t have mixed words with a man whose thoughts are for the most part someone else’s ideas. He is the spokesperson of the Governor, therefore, no meaningful discourse is expected from a mind that is not independent.

“However, It takes great minds to lose elections and still stick to your people. Firstly elections are meant to be won and lost, your principal knows better, he lost in his local government, Madqgali, but for Governor Nyako who sandwiched and transferred the process to Yola to be conducted in Government House. To any logical mind, the rest is history.

“Secondly, I joined politics in 2018 and contested in 2019 and made away with almost 40,000 votes, comparatively that’s history too. Any politician who cannot absorb the shock or pain of losing an election has no business in politics. Politicians should concern themselves with good Governance, provision succor to the teaming populace, and not segmenting people, the institutionalization of hatred, sagregation, and clashing people for political gains.

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“Kumangar accused me of lack of respect for the traditional institutions; that’s rather a folly, his principal upon assumption of office, treated the traditional Institution with disdain, denying them even their constitutional rights by reducing their meager allocation to the extent that the couldn’t pay salaries for over nine months.

N200m Worth vehicles for Adamawa trad’l rulers: We will no longer tolerate schemer as Gov-Umar replies Kumangar

“Published them in public and during functions. It is not a hidden secret, all and sundry knows. Therefore, showering them with official vehicles now is undoubtedly politically motivated. Firstly, because he has submitted a new list of Districts he wants to create, I am not against that logically, because it will usher in development, but due process was not followed. Stakeholders were not consulted and where such consultations took place, it was a mere “for your information”.

“Secondly, plans are also on way to appoint many new first-class chiefs, naturally borders will be adjusted and some existing Emirs will have to lose some of their territories to the newly intended ones, therefore, for the fear of being fought from behind, the government felt the need now more than any other time to not only seek reconciliation with the Emirs but hope to buy them over for some soft landing.

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“Regarding the pensions, the state owes 20bn in pension, therefore, 1.6bn is less than 10% of the amount earmarked. More so, from the so-called 1.6bn, a long list of preferred beneficiaries was sent to the board to simply implement, those without “Godfathers” are still in penury.

” Meanwhile, states like Borno, Yobe, Gombe have cleared all their pension areas, why not Adamawa. Despite the huge loans of over 170bn with practically nothing to show for.

“Am also sure he knows that the man to beat is still this little Umar Mustapha, how much of that he can swallow is left to posterity. I am not afraid of anybody, so far, two attempts have been made on my life yet, am still standing.

“I acknowledge being vulnerable but “Death is certain where and when it will come is the only uncertainty about it”.

For Adamawa, I am ready to put my only life on the line provided life will be better for generations to come, and that the enemies of the people are not given undue privileges, that includes making sure Fintiri or anybody bearing that name seizes to be on the corridors of power for another century to come.

“I still stand by statement “N200m Jeeps for first-class traditional rulers is a political bribe and thus, a misplaced priority. Why didn’t he consult them an initially? Am sure none of them would have gone for Vehicular gifts.

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