The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday made a U-turn on his earlier promise to end the Apapa gridlock within his first 60 days in office.
Sanwo-Olu was at the Presidential Villa in Abuja where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari to seek support for the development of infrastructure in Lagos.
He said he tabled the issue of the Lekki and Badagry ports before the President for development as possible alternatives to the congested Apapa port.
The governor said Buhari gave “encouraging” responses to the issues he raised.
Speaking with State House Correspondents, Sanwo-Olu said what he promised concerning the Apapa gridlock was a “review” of the multi-faceted efforts being put in place to ease vehicular movement in Apapa at the end of 60 days.
He said, “Interestingly, some media houses are already counting down to the day. They said that I mentioned during the campaign train that I was going to clear it in 60 days.
“I have mentioned it before; what I said was that in 60 days, we would review what was done; but that does not take the fact that even if people give you datelines, it is because they want you to do well and they want you to be accountable for those datelines.”
According to Sanwo-Olu, clearing the gridlock is one of the issues he discussed with Buhari.
Sanwo-Olu, in another development on Tuesday, urged Lagosians living in Abuja be to be good ambassadors of the State.
He said, “I can only wish our people that reside in Abuja well, Nigeria is big for all of us. My advice is just for them to be law abiding, to continue to reflect the spirit of Lagos; continue to be good ambassadors of the state.”
Oyo state governor publicly declares his N48 billion asset
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has published his asset declaration document showing he has in excess of N48 billion in both cash and properties.
PT reported that the governor complied with Nigeria’s code of conduct law that mandates senior public office holders to file their asset details while assuming and exiting office.
It is however not compulsory to make the details of asset public.
Mr Makinde went further on Monday to release details of what he filled in his asset form at the Code of Conduct Bureau in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He also said he would encourage all his potential cabinet appointees to do so when they are nominated.
He became the first high-ranking public official to do so amongst those that emerged in the last general election.
According to a statement by Taiwo Adisa, a spokesperson for Mr Makinde, the governor’s CCB OYSE/2019/001 form filed on May 28, 2019, showed he had N48 billion in cash and asset.
The asset was categorised in cash at hand, in the bank, landed properties (developed and undeveloped), and household items.
They also include shares and bonds owned by the governor, his wife, Omini Makinde, as well as his companies.
As of May 28, 2019, Mr Makinde’s bank balance stood at N234, 742,296.01. In dollar terms, he has cash valued at $30,056.99 as at the same date.
Properties, including the developed and undeveloped as well as household items indicated on the asset forms, showed that the governor is worth N2, 624,800,500.
In dollar terms, Mr Makinde also declared properties, developed and undeveloped as well as household items valued at $4,400,000.
In South African Rands, the governor declared buildings and household items worth four million, four hundred and fifty-seven thousand, five hundred and fifty-four and four South African Rands.
The houses declared by Governor Makinde include nine buildings in Nigeria, two in the United States of America and one in South Africa.
One of the properties in the United States is described as “jointly owned.”
The details showed the current value of Makinde’s companies stands at N48, 150,736,889, including 33,730,000 units of shares as of May 28.
The governor also has existing Bonds (Eurobond) worth $3, 793, 500 as well as shares, debentures and other securities valued at N120,500,000(One hundred and twenty million, five hundred thousand naira).
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The governor also listed companies that include Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited; Energy Traders and Technical Services Limited; and Makon Oil and Gas Limited.
Makon Group Limited, Makon Construction Limited and Makon Power System Limited were also listed
The asset declaration form indicated that Governor Makinde’s four companies have additional assets denominated as loan notes.
They are as follows: Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited(N1.7 billion); Makon Power System Limited(N148.4 million); Makon Oil and Gas Limited(N341 million); Energy Traders and Technical Services Limited(N1.159bn) totalling N3.389 billion.
Disclosure of asset by public officials is rare in Nigeria. The lack of transparency plays a key role in the country’s alarming corruption problem.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power in 2015 with the pledge to fight corruption, promised to make his asset public.
He only did so after public pressure. Even so, he did not release some details of his asset, including those belonging to his wife and children.
The president and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have yet to make their asset public after winning a second term.
Herdsmen kill daughter of Afenifere leader
The daughter of 93 year old Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the national leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio- Political group, Afenifere.
Mrs Funke Olakunrin was yesterday shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen along Benin/Ore expressway.
She was said to be traveling along Benin/Ore expressway when she, along with others, ran into the barricade mounted by the suspected Fulani herdsmen. The herdsmen have been terrorizing motorists along the Benin/ Ore highway in recent times.
Report has it that an eyewitness said that the 58-year-old died of gunshot wounds. According to the eyewitness, Olakunrin was suspectedly shot by Fulani herdsmen at Ore junction in Ondo State earlier on Friday.
The assailants wanted to kidnap her alongside other occupants of the vehicle. Reports had it that the suspected herdsmen abducted one of the occupants of the vehicle. The deceased however was unlucky as she was shot dead by the suspects.
Meanwhile, a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the killing. “This is the final straw. The Yoruba MUST act NOW. We must defend our people!”
Ohanaeze kicks against RUGA settlement
Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday reacted to the forceful acquisition of land by the Federal Government in Benue state for the RUGA settlement.
In a terse statement by its president general, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization said:
“The Federal government violation of provisions of our constitution on the administration of land in Nigeria, its total violation of valid laws made by Benue State Government in accordance with her inherent powers under our constitution and its violations of an extant court judgment on grazing and ranching is a clear pointer to anarchy.
“When respect for the rule of law is jettisoned, and sheer power, religious bigotry, and nepotism displayed, an inevitable resort to self-help and anarchy is being courted.“Our country is sliding into avoidable anarchy and doom!”
Court bans Bauchi’s fractional speaker from parading himself as speaker
Factional Speaker of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Kawuwa Shehu Damina and his Deputy, Tukur Ibrahim have been barred from parading themselves as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
This is as a Bauchi court on Friday granted an interim conjunction following an application filed by Abubakar Suleiman and 12 other lawmakers.
Justice A.M. Karin Madaki gave the order while delivering judgement on the application filed against Bauchi State House of Assembly, Bauchi State Attorney Gebeteql, Kawuwa Shehu Damina and 16 others as defendants, on June 21st, 2019.
The judge in his ruling said “Having listened to the learned Counsel to the Plaintiffs/Applicants, Ben Ogbuchi, ESQ, Mukhtar A.Usman ESQ, O.P Egbe-Okpenge, ESQ. move the Court in terms of their motion Ex-parte dated and filed on 21/06/2019.
“I hereby ordered that an order of interim injunction be and is hereby made, restraining the 3rd and 4th Respondents/Defendants from parading themselves out and / or parading themselves, purporting to act in whatever manner as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly respectively pending the determination of the motion on notice”
He later adjourned the matter to July 2nd, 2019 for motion on notice.
Kawuwa Shehu Damina and Abubakar Suleiman had emerged Speakers from separate inauguration held by two factions of members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly on Thursday, June 20th, 2019.
Some 11 members had elected Abubakar Suleiman as Speaker and Danlami Ahmed Kawule of the PDP as his Deputy.
On the other hand, the other 20 APC lawmakers at a separate inauguration at the premises of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, elected Kawuwa Shehu Damina as Speaker and Tukur Ahmed as his Deputy.
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