Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Monday morning🙂. Enjoy!
1.The Government of Lagos State has refused to reveal how much it spent on houses, vehicles and allowances of its former governors and for deputy governors.
Punch had written the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, in 2018 requesting to know how much the state spent on Bola Tinubu, and Babatunde Fashola.
3 months later, the Mr. Bello is yet to respond to the letter.
The Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law No 11 official Gazette of Lagos, 2007, states that former governors of the state are entitled to a house each in any location of their choice in Lagos and Abuja.
2. Federal Government on Sunday ordered foreigners operating mining sites in Zamfara State to vacate within 48 hours.
The order came following the launch of Operation Puff Adder in the state.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, while addressing State House Correspondents in Abuja said that there was a link between mining and banditry in the state.
3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, of working to cause a constitutional crisis in Rivers State.
According to the PDP, the APC leader in the state, Rotimi Amaechi, was working to subvert the will of the people.
The allegation was made by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan.
He said that the APC chieftains were mounting pressure on the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, to reverse the judgment of the Supreme Court excluding APC from fielding candidates for elections in the state.
4. Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Sunday said that APC lost some states to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because it shunned the opposition party style.
According to the APC spokesman, the PDP adopted “win by all means” method when it was in power.
“Their own method is ‘win by all means, let others go to tribunal.’ We didn’t apply that.
“You have seen prominent politicians, even in our own party, losing elections in this country. You saw a serving governor in Oyo State who couldn’t win one-third of the state. A governor who is governing the entire state couldn’t win one-third of the state to get to the Senate.
“You have seen the struggle that is still going on in Akwa Ibom State, with somebody of the calibre of Godswill Akpabio. Though we know there are issues about that and they will be addressed, at the same time, we didn’t arm-twist anybody or manipulate the system,” he said.
5. Senate President Bukola Saraki on Sunday called on the Government of Qatar to end its visa restriction placed on Nigerians, saying that the ban was negatively affecting Nigerians because it had prevented Nigerian citizens from visiting Middle East.
Saraki made the request in Doha during a meeting with the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, who is also responsible for the nation’s interior ministry.
Saraki led a delegation of the National Assembly to the 140th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Qatar.
“I want to make an appeal that the visa restrictions placed on Nigerians be lifted. Nigerians are good people and we travel a lot.
“This restriction is not good for both countries and I urge you to reconsider your position on that. The world needs to see the good things you are doing here and lifting your visa ban on Nigerians will encourage more people to come here and enjoy your beautiful country,” Saraki said.
In his response Sheikh Al-Thani promised to look into the visa restriction and ensure it was resolved within the shortest time possible.