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Ogun begins compensation payment for properties demolished by Amosun

 

Ogun State government is to begin paying compensation to owners of properties demolished by the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun to pave way for the expansion of some road projects across the state.

Already, Governor Dapo Abiodun has approved that the compensation payment should commence to alleviate the sufferings of those affected.

Amosun embarked on massive demolition of properties across the state in his desire to expand some roads to as much as 8-lanes without paying compensation to affected owners.
In addition, it was double jeopardy as many of the roads were abandoned midway through the construction process, while others did not take off at all.

Commissioner for Works, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, who spoke on the issue at the weekend, said the governor has approved the compensation payment, which will be in phases.

Akinsanya noted that the demolitions carried out by Amosun’s administration were unnecessary, adding that it ended up compounding the problems being faced by the present government.

According to him, the state government now has billions of compensation claims to contend with in addition to looking for another huge sums of money to complete the abandoned roads.

The commissioner said the state government has decided on the policy of no demolition in its project execution, except where necessary and unavoidable.
The commissioner said the state government has decided

on the policy of no demolition in its project execution, except where necessary and unavoidable.

He said the last administration had earmarked some houses for demolition preparatory to the rehabilitation of Kemta-Somorin road in Abeokuta. The project is nearing completion without any demolition carried out, he added.

Our road design and construction is such that we try to avoid demolition. It is actual not necessary to demolish while constructing roads, unless it is actually unavoidable.

“The same thing applies to bridge construction. Most of the bridges constructed by that regime were a waste of resources. For instance, on the entire stretch of the 19kilometers Atan-Lusada-Agbara road has only one bridge. And the length is short,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Abiodun has been praised for his intervention in the compensation process.

A resident of Agbado, who lost many shops to Amosun’s bulldozers, Mr. Abayomi Olanreway, commended Governor Abiodun for his magnanimity.

He berated the last administration for subjecting people to unwarranted hardship, even as he regretted that the road had been abandoned for more than six years now that the demolition took place.

Olanrewaju, who said he depended on his shops to survive before the demolition, also disclosed that their road was better before the bulldozer moved in for the massive destruction.

Another resident, Taiwo Adebari, also expressed gratitude to the state government, noting that the compensation will help in alleviating some of their sufferings.

 

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Tinubu reacts as Buhari reveals candidates he will support

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to support only candidates of the party in 2023.

Tinubu stated this while speaking in Abuja as he received APC national working committee (NWC) members at the Tinubu/Shettima campaign office on Saturday.

He described Buhari as a bold leader for taking the stand.

“I like the statement of Mr. President a few days ago. Firm, concise, straight to the point and bold as a leader of our party.

“We should commend the President for that statement.

For his commitment and loyalty to the party. And for being a true party leader,” Tinubu said.

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SERAP urged Buhari, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to provide a copy of the agreement.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari on the recent repatriation of $23 million stolen by the late General Sani Abacha.

The United States government last week signed an agreement with the Federal Government to return the money to Nigeria.

SERAP urged Buhari, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to provide a copy of the agreement.

The letter dated 27 August 2022 and signed by the Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare cited the Freedom of Information Act.

The organisation said disclosure of the details would allow Nigerians to scrutinise and monitor the spending of the funds.

SERAP expressed concern that the loot is vulnerable to corruption and mismanagement.

The letter said part of “the estimated $5 billion returned Abacha loot since 1999 may have been diverted, re-stolen or mismanaged”.

It reminded the government of its responsibility to ensure transparency and accountability in how any repatriated stolen funds are spent.

SERAP added that the latest repatriation brings the total amount of funds repatriated by the US, in Abacha’s case, to more than $334.7 million.

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Nigeria’s existence will be under threat if APC wins – Pastor Giwa

The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has disclosed that if the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, should emerge winner of the 2023 presidential election, the existence of the country might be threatened.

Giwa stated that Nigerians should be vigilant in preventing the APC from regaining power in order to save the country from collapsing.

The pastor, who stated this on Wednesday, emphasised that an event that will recreate Nigeria for better would soon happen.

He said, “This is the time reasonable Nigerians should put their heads together to resist the policies of some politicians who always think of themselves. Nigeria is above the interest of any individual.

An unexpected event will happen that will recreate and change the name of Nigeria. Until the event happens, there is nobody elected that can proffer solutions to the problems plaguing Nigeria.

“I don’t care for Atiku, I don’t care for Obi, I don’t care for Tinubu. They are all birds of a feather.

“More importantly, all hands must be on deck to prevent the current ruling party from manipulating its way to power again.

“We should forget Nigeria if APC wins the coming presidential election. The country will be forgotten totally if APC should find its way to power again.”

SOURCE: DAILYPOST

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Obasanjo, Wike, Peter Obi three other Govs meet in London

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Labour Party (LP) flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike are meeting in London.

According to The Nation, other Governors at the meeting include Samuel Ortom of Benue; Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.

Details of the meeting can not be ascertained as at press time, but observers believe it may not be unconnected with the 2023 general elections.

Wike has been in a war of words with the camp of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar following the outcome of the party’s primary election.

SOURCE: DAILYPOST

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APC’s Shehu Musa dumps party, backs Peter Obi Photos

As the 2023 election draws near, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State, Kamaluddeen Shehu Musa, has left the party.

News gathered that Musa announced his change in allegiance via a Twitter post recently.

He attributed his decision to resign from the APC to the failure of the party to fulfill its campaign promises, while describing Peter Obi, the presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party for the 2023 election, as “the right candidate”.

I was an APC registered member.

“I supported the Party because of their manifesto, unfortunately they were not able to fulfil their promises, i.e why I changed my decision to support @Peterobi bcoz I have been it in mind that he is the right candidate,” Musa’s tweet read.

On Thursday, Valentine Ozigbo, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2021 Anambra governorship election, announced his decision to leave the main opposition party and support Obi.

Obi’s camp and supporters will be delighted with these news, especially as their candidate is up against heavyweights, Bola Tinubu (APC), Atiku Abubakar (PDP), and Rabiu Kwankwaso (New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP).

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Peter Obi meets Olu of Warri

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, on Friday visited the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse |||.

The development is coming on the heels of the Olu’s first anniversary since he ascended the throne in 2021.

The celebration activities of his one-year anniversary continue this Saturday (today) at his ancestral home, Ode-Itsekiri with cultural displays from sons and daughters of the land.
The former Anambra State governor has been on the news for meeting stakeholders over his 2023 presidential ambition.

Recall that the Labour Party candidate and the governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo on Friday met in Awka behind closed doors.

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I’m father of frustrated Nigerian youths – Obasanjo reveals solution to country’s challenges

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo says he is the father of Nigerian youths who are frustrated owing to the country’s economic downturn.

According to a video making the rounds on social media, the ex-president made the assertion during an interactive session with some youths led by Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa popularly known as Charly Boy.

Charly Boy who claimed to be the president of frustrated Nigerian youths asked Obasanjo to suggest ways out of the current hardship meted on the youths.

According to the singer, the youths including himself are already frustrated, citing the ever-increasing unemployment.

Speaking, Obasanjo blamed Nigerian leaders for the economic woes, saying it is not the fault of God but those in authority.

According to him, the only way to enforce change is to establish better government through good leaders.

He expressed confidence that the youths are capable of bringing the desired change, saying “there is nobody who will do it other than the youths”.

“You are the president of frustrated Nigerian youths and I am their father.

“That we are poor and frustrated is not a fault of God but the choice of our leaders and if you are going to change that, change the situation, you have to change leadership. Pure and simple”, Obasanjo added.

Source: Dailypost

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Lagos get tougher on okada as terrorists target Nigeria’s biggest city

The major motive for the extension of the ban on motorcycles (okada) in Lagos is the determination to prevent a terrorist attack,

The government first stopped passenger operations on June 1 in six local government areas (LGAs) – Apapa, Eti Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Surulere and Lagos Mainland.

On Thursday, the ban was stretched to nine additional local council development areas (LCDAs) and would take effect, September 1.

They are Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Shomolu, Mushin; Ikosi-Isherri, Agboyi-Ketu, Isolo, Bariga, and Odi-Olowo.

The Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration is acting on intelligence indicating insurgents are trying to settle in to form bases/establish a network.

The state remains a major target of terror cells trying to outdo each other in an attempt to wreak havoc in Nigeria’s biggest city.

Though Lagos has never been hit, Ansaru, Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), an ISIS affiliate, have all made separate ostensible threats.

An attack on the state would be considered a huge success for the jihadists and their sponsors behind the recurring attacks in Nigeria’s North.

A citizen close to the military hierarchy said the latest okada ban was part of the strategy to discourage the influx of intruders.

Noting that Lagos has not been so infiltrated as speculated, the source said the authorities considered it wise to stay ahead of extremists.

The ban on okada is preemptive, basically to foil attacks. Intelligence services already discovered that terror groups want to strike.

“This necessitated an adjustment in security architecture. The fact that terrorists have their eyes on the state is why movements are being scrutinized.

“The recent interception in Southwest states was the result of vigilance; the Lagos government action against okada will discourage many from coming.

“Since it’s hard to identify who is who, the best thing is to curtail those suspected may be used as tools to perpetrate evil”; he said.

Barely a fortnight ago, more than 160 suspected invaders were intercepted at Itaogbolu-Iju by the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun).

They were hiding in two trucks conveying cows and motorcycles. The arrest occurred four days after the corps intercepted over 150 suspected invaders near Sango along Akure/Ado road.

In late July 24, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) warned of the plan by terrorists to strike Lagos and others.

A memo by Deputy Commandant General (Operations) DD Mungadi said Boko Haram and ISWAP have mobilized fighters and Rocket-propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers, Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGS).

“Two separate bandits groups are plotting coordinated attacks on North-West, North Central and South West (Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi, FCT and Lagos) respectively”, it alerted.

The NSCDC directed its personnel to increase surveillance at schools, worship centres and critical national assets in their respective domains

This week, the police in Lagos confirmed the state was under a partial lockdown by security agencies due to the threat of attacks.

Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alabi explained that the stop-and-search noticeable at different locations was part of efforts to safeguard the metropolis.

Another reason for the okada ban is the rate of deaths and violence caused by the operators.

In September 2021, riders lynched in Ajao Estate lynched Chief Superintendent Kazeem Abonde after the late office led a police team on enforcement.

Earlier, security was breached at the Lagos State University (LASU) in Ojo as riders hurled stones through the main gate and later chased students, causing injuries.

In May, an okada rider in Lekki, identified as Dahiru, had a disagreement with his passengers, Frank Olatunji and Philip Balogun, over the fare.

In the heat of the argument, David Imoh, a sound engineer who tried to mediate was attacked, killed and set ablaze allegedly by Dahiru and colleagues. Suspects have been arrested.

In
recent years, motorcycles owners periodically clash with residents and the police in several areas mostly in Lagos mainland

Source: Dailypost

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How Buhari’s failed economic promises is forcing Nigerians to make hard choices

The holiday period has presented a temporary relief for parents with children in school as they will not have to deal with school runs and the attendant cost of prices of goods and services with students on holiday.

However, this relief may be short lived in a couple of weeks as parents will have to begin shopping for school supplies ahead of resumption, a prospect many dread because of the running inflation.

“In the past, I buy Caprisone and other snacks in cartons, sometimes on monthly basis, but the rise in prices of these items means I now buy like N2,000 worth to last maybe a week,” Sarah Poli, a single mother in Apo Area of Abuja,

While the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics put the official inflation rate at 19.86% for the month of June, for parents like Sarah, most commodities have not increased by 19% or more, it has doubled in price.

Poli said, “School fees was dropped by 10%, the last PTA we had, they tried to see how we can get substitute for school books. School items have gone up if you want to buy her a shirt, just a normal white shirt, it will cost you N3,000, that is a lot of money for a 3years old. Before, to sew the same shirt, it would cost you N1,500. The tailors will tell you the cost of material has gone up. Even though they exaggerate, I live in the same economy,” she said.

Spaghetti and eggs are now too luxurious for common folks. In 2015, 500g of Spaghetti cost N120, an egg goes for N30 and one sachet of tomato paste goes for N30. With N500, an average family could eat this popular cuisine. Seven years after, 500 g of spaghetti costs N450, a sachet of tomato paste and egg cost N100 and N80 respectively.

1kg of cooking gas that Nigerians were paying N230-280 to buy in the past, today costs N900 per kilogram in today’s economy.

A bag of sachet water which used to cost N90 in 2015, currently, is sold at N250 per litre. 75cl of bottled vegetable oil cost N500 in pre-Buhari era, currently, it is sold for N1,350.

What makes this inflation thing to be challenging for shop owners is that you don’t know what prices are going to be in the market the next day. For instance, you bought item X for N10, perhaps sold for N12 to make a profit of N2. There is the possibility that by the time you go to market again, that same commodity may go for N14, which means you have to add extra money to buy the same item,” Kate Micheal, a shop owner at Yaba in Lagos told DAILY POST.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, who is the spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign, has made efforts to dismiss the concerns of Nigerians on the inflation of commodities, with the argument that Nigeria’s economic situation should be studied in the context of the global economic situation.

He argued that Nigeria has managed inflation better than the US, UK, Canada and other advanced countries, because Nigeria’s inflation increased by 6 points—According to Keyamo, Nigeria’s inflation increased from 13%-19% between, 2020-2022, whereas, the US inflation moved from 2% to 10% within the same period.

While global inflation has been linked to COVID19 and Russia-Ukraine war, Nigeria has been grappling with inflation since 2015.

When President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in in May 2015, the inflation rate was 9.8% and the GDP growth rate stood at 2.14%. During his campaigns, Mr Buhari promised a 10% annual GDP growth rate that will make Nigeria the fastest growing emerging economy in the world.

In the past 7years, the country has experienced two crunching recessions which are tied to the volatility in the price of crude oil on the international market.

It’s worth noting that Buhari as a candidate had promised to diversify the economy, however, the vulnerability of the economy to external factors like the Ukraine-Russia war shows that Nigeria is yet to diversify the economy from oil.

After billions of interventions in Agriculture, prices remain high
One of the achievements branded by Buhari’s administration is the investment in Agriculture, including the intervention by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Government investment has helped to increase the production of rice locally, however, prices of rice remain very high.

A 50kg bag goes for N36,000, when compared to N9,000 it was being sold in 2015 under the previous administration.

However, Economist, Tunde Yusuf, said the concern of the current administration is not about the price of a bag of rice but about controlling demand for FX.

The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele discovered that using monetary tools like Interest rate and others will not address the problem with Naira, hence the need to reduce the import bill. So he decided to do direct intervention by investing in the farmers directly, picking an item he believes that Nigeria has a comparative advantage in.

However, Thailand, Vietnam and others have been farming rice for years. They enjoy what we call economic scale. If you examine productivity there using the production possibility curve, you will understand the gulf in productivity between Nigeria and all these rice-producing countries. However, in the long run, there are more advantages of producing it here, even though it has affected price, but you cannot dismiss job creation and saving Foreign exchange,” Mr Yusuf said.

To further protect the investment in the agricultural sector, the government shut down land borders in the bid to stop smuggling, this protectionism policy was backed by the CBN Governor, who argued that the shutdown of borders protected the billions invested.

Cars too expensive, spare parts too daring

Oyedele Samuel, a car dealer in Ilorin told DAILY POST that prices of cars have increased by more than 200% percent in the last seven years under the current administration.

“You are talking about 2015, why not even start from 2020, in the past two years, we have experienced such a surge that makes owning a car an uphill battle. Before Buhari, everything was very low. For instance, Toyota has the largest share in Nigeria’s market, especially Corolla and Camry. During Jonathan’s period, with duties, it was N1.3 million, during the closure of the land border, there was a hike in price. Everyone had to be going to Lagos to get cars.

During that period, the price of Corolla moved to N1.6 million, some were selling N1.8 million.

“in the aftermath of COVID19, we started to buy Corolla at N2.4 million. As I am speaking to you, to clear a 2006 model Corolla at the Customs post, you must have about N1.6 million, just to clear the car. That is the same amount we use to spend on buying it before. Hence, a 2006 Corolla model cost N3.6 million in the market,”

This spike has equally affected small cars used for Taxis. Mr Oyedele said cars for commercial use are the most affected.

 

In the past, with N700,000, you can get a Golf 3 car but currently, you will need N1.6 million to buy the same car now.

Even Nigerian used Golf 3 now goes for N1.2 million. All those Mazdas we usually buy around N500,000, they are like N1.6 million,” he stated.

When this dealer was asked about spare parts, he exclaimed!
“Ha! The hike in prices of spare parts is affecting the sales of cars. ”Increase in local production, but too expensive.”

In the past couple of years, the federal government found itself in a bind, between protecting the local economy automobile manufacturing industry. The player in the industry had opposed the proposed slash of import duties from 70% to 40%.

They argued that such a move will kill the local industry.

However, in 2020, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during the 26th Nigeria Economic Summit, said the local automobile sector has the capacity to produce 14,000 capacity annually, however, the demand for cars is about 720,000.

In , the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, said the National Automotive Plan had failed to address the need of the country, hence the decision on import duties.

Although, more investors are investing in the local assembly of cars. Brands like Innoson Motors, GAC, Nord, Stallion Motors, Dangote Peugeot Automobiles Nigeria, Lanre Shittu Motors, Globe Motors are now on the road, however, most Nigerians cannot afford some of these cars, hence, the government remains the largest customers.

Just like rice, the government has found itself between protecting the local industry and the rise in prices of some of these commodities.

Source: Daily post

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PDP Breaks Silence On Oyetola’s Wife Convoy Attack

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has denied any involvement in the attack on the convoy of the state’s First Lady, Kafayat Oyetola.

The convoy was attacked on Friday at the Owode area of the state, and some of the First Lady’s aides sustained injuries.

But in a statement by Osun PDP, the attack was allegedly caused by Mrs. Oyetola’s escort who beat up a truck driver whose vehicle blocked the road.

This was contained in a statement on Saturday by Osun PDP Media Director, Oladele Bamiji, titled ‘How First Lady’s Escorts Beat Up Truck Driver, Sparking Public Reaction-Osun PDP’.

The statement read, “We are shocked to read this morning the futile attempt by the office of the outgoing First Lady to cover up the irresponsible conduct of her escort who beat up a truck driver at Owode, leading to public angry reactions against her entire convoy.

“According to eyewitness accounts, yesterday was Owode Ede market day and the road was expectedly crowded.

“A truck had developed a fault right in the middle of the road with the driver making efforts to get it to work.

“That was the point the First Lady’s convoy arrived at the scene and instead of helping to clear the traffic hold up , the security operatives around the First Lady pounced on the truck driver, beating him to a state of stupor.

Realising the outcome of their criminal misadventure, the operatives rushed the driver to the hospital after the former had slumped. It was at this point that people around the market angrily reacted, pelting the convoy with stones and others.

“Eye witness accounts further revealed that as at the time the convoy was attacked, the angry crowd were not even aware of who was in the convoy until reinforcement was sent to the scene from Government House with sporadic shootings.

“We have gone this far with the details of the incident to strongly deny allegations that PDP thugs were responsible for the self-inflicted attacks on the convoy of the First Lady.

“As a party, we have no Asiri Eniba or Rashid Oko Ilu as the First Lady’s family actively nurtured before, during and after the election.

“PDP is a people’s party whose members will never harass and molest innocent citizens whose only crime was pursuing their daily needs under an economy recklessly battered by the First Lady’s party.

“We call on the First Lady to apologise to the truck driver who was inhumanly treated. It is not enough to rush him to the hospital. The First Lady should atone for the sins of his overzealous escorts unless she was responsible for the directive to beat up the innocent driver.

“Instead of blaming the PDP, we call on officials of the outgoing government to be mindful of their interface with the people of Osun state. Our people have been badly governed with harsh economic pains under a clearly inhuman administration.

“It is unacceptable and reprehensible for a First Lady and her team to assault a citizen and turn round to blame the opposition.”

Source: Amiloaded

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Lagos bans ‘Okadas’ in four more local govts [FULL LIST]

The Lagos State government on Thursday broadened the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles commonly called ‘Okada’ to four more local councils and six Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

Frederic Oladeinde, the Commissioner for Transport, who announced this today (Thursday) said it was after an evaluation of the earlier ban on commercial motorcycles operation in six local councils.

The latest affected councils include: Kosofe, Ikosi-Isheri, Oshodi-Isolo, Mushin, including the respective LCDAs in the areas.

Recall that in June, okada riders in Lagos were met with tear gas and gunfire as they protested against a government seizure of their vehicles that had allegedly broken a ban.

The government banned the transport means again on 1 June from the Apapa, Eti Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Surulere, and Lagos Mainland local government areas. The state government continues to crack down on this mode of transportation, which is perceived as extremely unsafe for passengers.

In the last two months, the government has crushed over 2,500 impounded okadas that it said flouted its ban.

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