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Imo Set TO Receive 20m Dollars From W/Bank – Govt

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… Accuses Ihedioha of Sabotaging 2019 Fund

… Defers Resumption of Schools

Imo state government has assured its citizens of receiving 20million Dollars from the State Fiscal Transparency and Accountability sustenance (SEFTAS).

This is even as it attributed the nonreceipt of the 2018/2019 trench to the inability of the former administration of Ihedioha to meet up with the body for the fund.

Speaking to the press after the last executive council meeting held on Wednesday the information commissioner, Declan Emelumba made it clear that the inclusion of Imo as amongst the state to receive the said $20 million Dollars next year followed the prudent management of resources by the Uzodinma’s led administration.

The Imo State government has also deferred the resumption of schools till an ongoing Covid-19 testing programme in all the 27 local government areas of the state is concluded.

Also, all task forces operating under whatever guise in Imo State have been banned by the government just as it has stopped the sale of emblems across the nooks and crannies of Imo by those who either masquerade as task forces or consultants.

Consequently, those who would want to test the will of government will have themselves to blame as plans to constitute a security outfit that  will go after recalcitrant persons will soon be unveiled.

Rising from her Wednesday, September 23 2020 Executive Council Meeting  presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma, the Government told newsmen at a media briefing that Task Forces have been constituting a nuisance to the government and people of the state.

“There is nothing like Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) Task Force, Emblem collection Task Force, and Revenue Task Forces on the street of Owerri Municipal anymore,” the Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba who was joined by the Commissioner for Transportation, Barr. Rex Anunobi; Commissioner for Finance, Chuck Chuckemeka; Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Internal Revenue, Lawrence Chukwuemeka Nwodu said.

Emelumba also said the Exco resolved that there is no more Consultancy of any sort involving Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA), and that all MDAs are directed to submit their revenue heads to the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR). This means that only BIR is authorized to collect revenue for Imo State Government henceforth.

To ensure full compliance with regard to the ban on the task forces, the government said it has concluded arrangement to constitute security monitoring and enforcement team to ensure that all concerned comply with the above directives.

Emelumba noted that the Executive Council has received report on the Community testing for Covid-19 in six Local Government Areas of the State and discovered that out of over 1,000 tested only 24 were found to be positive. He said that Imo State is one of the nine States in the Federation that have embarked on the Community Testing.

The consequence the ongoing Community Testing Programme in Imo State, he said, will reflect on the planned resumption of schools as that had been delayed for a while to enable the testing go round in all the councils in the state.

According to him, the schools when established will be equipped with modern facilities such as ICT centre, E-Library, Primary Healthcare Centres, 24 hours power supply, modern sporting facilities and other facilities that will make them comparable to any of their type in any part of the world.

The Commissioner rounded off his address by informing that the Imo State Ministry of Gender and Vulnerable Groups has been changed to Ministry of Women Affairs to reflect what is obtainable at the Federal Government Level and many other States of the Federation.

Expatiating on some of the issues, the Commissioner for Finance Chuck Chukwuemeka  elaborated that the model primary schools will be established in communities where there are none in existence or where the Primary Schools are dilapidated and beyond repairs.

On why Imo did not benefit from the disbursement of SFTAS money for 2018 and 2019, he said that the Government of Hope Uzodimma was not on seat then and that the Government of Emeka Ihedioha was not able to meet up with the demands and criteria set by the body which emphasized preparation and publishing of State financial statements as a reflection of due process and good governance.

Chuckemeka said the good news is that with resilience of the current administration, Imo has been assessed and qualified for that of 2020 that will be disbursed in 2021.

On the issue of ban on consultancy and revenue collection by MDAs Chukwuemeka added that the decision was as a result of revenue leakages that have contributed in no small measure to dwindling Internally Generated Revenue of the State.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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