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Governor Otti Announces Immediate Suspension Of Transportation Levies In Abia State

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Governor Alex Otti has directed the immediate suspension of all kinds of Transport Levies payable to Abia government and imposed on Tricycles (Keke), Buses, Taxis and other commercial vehicles plying Abia roads.

Otti who recalled how he promised to sanitize methods of revenue collection in the state and stop all kinds of extortion, intimidation and harassment of motorists during the governorship campaigns, stated that the suspension takes immediate effect and will remain until government reviews these levies and makes public its arrangements for the smooth, organized and transparent collection of such transport Levies in a manner that would not lead to extortion, intimidation and violation of rights and privileges of Abia residents.

The Governor in a statement released by his media aide, Ferdinand Ekeoma on Wednesday, May 31, said the present method is archaic and very harmful to the lives of the people and the economic well-being of the state, and thus should not be allowed to continue.

All those involved, directly and indirectly in revenue collection have been asked to discontinue forthwith, or face the wrath of the law, as security agents have been briefed and directed to apprehend and bring to justice anyone found violating this directive.

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Governor Fubara Confirms The Reinstatement Of Mohammed Sanusi II As The Emir Of Kano

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Governor Siminalayi Fubara has confirmed the reinstatement of His Royal Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II as the 14th Emir of Kano.

Fubara, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Nelson Chukwudi, said the reinstatement by the Kano State Government showed that Sanusi’s dethronement on March 9, 2020, was against the wishes and aspirations of the great people of Kano.

He further stated that it came at a time when Khalifa Sanusi II was in Rivers State to ‘’add impetus to his administration’s initiative to reshape the economic trajectory of the State.’’

Governor Fubara who urged the people to give the Sarki of the ancient city of Kano the maximum support to succeed, appealed to the spiritual leader of the Tijanniyah Sufi order of Nigeria, Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, to lead the over 50 million adherents of the Sufi order in Nigeria with love, wisdom and courage while bringing lasting peace, justice, equity and fairness to all in the city of Kano.

He also wished the 14th Emir of Kano a successful and fruitful reign that would bring progress and prosperity to the people of the State.

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President Tinubu Bans Purchase Of Petrol-dependent Vehicles By FEC Members

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President Bola Tinubu has banned members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, from purchasing petrol dependent vehicles.

The President has also directed the mandatory procurement of compressed-natural-gas-powered vehicles by all government ministries, departments, and agencies.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed this in a statement on Monday evening, May 13, 2024.

According to him, the directive is in line with Tinubu’s commitment to ensure energy security, drive utility, and cut high fuel costs.

He said the President’s directive is also in furtherance of Nigeria’s effort to transition to cleaner energy as CNG-enabled vehicles have been adjudged to produce lower emissions, even as they present a more affordable alternative for Nigerian energy consumers.

Addressing members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House on Monday, President Tinubu affirmed that there is no turning back in the energy reforms initiated by his administration.

“This nation will not progress forward if we continue to dance on the same spot. We have the will to drive the implementation of CNG adoption across the country, and we must set the example as public officials in leading the way to that prosperous future that we are working to achieve for our people. It starts with us, and in seeing that we are serious, Nigerians will follow our lead,” the President stated.

“The President further directed the rejection of all memos brought by members of FEC seeking the purchase of traditional petrol-dependent vehicles, tasking the affected members of the council to go back and diligently seek value-driven procurements of CNG-compliant vehicles.

The President remains committed to effectively harnessing the nation’s gas potential, alleviating the burden of high transportation costs on the masses while enhancing the standard of living of all Nigerians,” the statement added.

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“Supporting Sim Fubara Was A Mistake” – Wike Announces

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, says he made a mistake when he chose to support Sim Fubara to succeed him as the governor of Rivers State.

Channels TV said this when he spoke at a function in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State on Saturday, May 11. The governor at the function apologized to the people of the state for his “mistake”. He said he is a human who is bound to make mistakes, assuring the people, however, that the mistake would be corrected at the appropriate time.

“I want to say this clearly, in life when you have made a mistake, you say I have made a mistake, there is nothing you can do about it. I have made a mistake, I own it up and I say God forgive me and I will say all of you forgive me, but I will correct it at the appropriate time.

I am a human being, I am bound to make mistake, my judgement can be wrong, so forgive me for making a wrong judgement. That is life, so nobody should kill himself,” Wike said

Some days ago, Governor Fubara was quoted as saying that he appreciates Wike for supporting him to become the governor of Rivers State, but would not worship him.

In what seems to be a direct response to that statement by Fubara, Wike in his speech said that there was no time he told anyone to worship him as he is not God.

However, the Minister said that politicians ought to be grateful to those who supported them to attain office rather than showing ingratitude.

“I respect people who appreciate what God has done for them, who appreciates what God has used people to do for them. God does not come down, God uses people to help people. So, when you are helped you appreciate them and then God will know that you have also appreciated him. I have never told anybody to worship me, nobody can worship man. All of us believe that we only have one God and it is only that God we worship and we will continue to worship that God. But as politicians, you appreciate people who have helped you” he said

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