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JUST IN: Buhari Signs New Bills Into Law

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given assent to some major bills.

The bills are as follows: Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, repealing the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended; Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, which repeals the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended in 2013;

Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act, 1993 (Amendment) Act, 2019, for increased revenue; Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Amendment Acts of 2019 and 2021; Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Bill, 2022, which approves the seizure, confiscation and forfeiture of properties derived from unlawful activity;

Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Bill, the first legislation focused on curbing anti-competition practices, establishing the FCCPC; Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Establishment Act, 2018; The Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act 2021;

Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2019. The Bill facilitates the identification, tracing, freezing, restraining, recovery, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds, property, and other instrumentalities of crime as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be;

The President also signed an Act establishing the Police Trust Fund, which will improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force (2019). − Nigeria Police Act, 2020 – the first comprehensive reform of Police legislation since the Police Act of 1943;

Repeal and Re-Enactment of the Companies & Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, the first comprehensive reform since 1990; Not Too Young to Run Bill (2018), a Constitution Amendment Bill to reduce the age of eligibility for running for elective office in Nigeria;

Nigerian Correctional Services Bill, 2019, the first comprehensive reform of prison legislation in close to five decades; Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, 2019 – the first anti-piracy legislation in West Africa.

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Gov AbdulRazaq Rewards Best Kwara civil Servants With New Car, Other Prizes

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 Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend presented a car key to the star winner of the State’s Civil Service Award programme, Dr. Kazeem Lakadir, in appreciation of his outstanding performance and character in the service.

Fidel Info reports that the Governor, while congratulating the star winner and other awardees, promised to sustain his administration’s motivational programmes for the workforce in the state.

“We have come to the end of the civil service week, which is a well organized event. It is nice to see smiles on your faces,” the Governor said in Ilorin at the Kwara State Civil Service Dinner and Award Night on Friday.

Dr. Lakadir, a staff of the Ministry of Health, won the star prize following a painstaking screening and recommendation of the Award Presentation Committee.

“Let me congratulate the awardees of this event. It is truly well deserved.  It was only yesterday I was mentioning what the Ministry of Health did during the Covid19 pandemic and their outstanding performances. This award has come to show that I was not misplacing my praise for them,” he said.

AbdulRazaq commended the State Head of Service Mrs Suzan Modupe Oluwole for the initiative, which, according to him, was designed to make the workers happy.

“I congratulate the Head of Service for putting this event together. It is a good thing to make sure that the workforce is happy, to rally them together and make sure the right things are done for the State,” he said.

“On our part as a State we will make sure we always do the most responsible and sustainable things for you to make sure you have a conducive environment to work, and make sure your salaries are paid as and when due.

“We will do the needful to make you happy. Once you are happy you will deliver the service to the State.”

Other prizes doled out to the runners up and other categories of awardees included Plasma TV, Refrigerators, Power Generating set, and Fans.

“By the special grace of God this event will be bigger next year. As you know our government takes your welfare very seriously and we will always do that,” he added.

The event was also attended by the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; cabinet members and other government officials; serving and retired permanent secretaries; labour leaders; and other top civil servants in the state.

Mrs. Oluwole, for her part, thanked AbdulRazaq for prioritising workers’ welfare and for approving funds for the colourful event.

Civil servants who spoke at the event took turns to appreciate the Governor for being labour friendly.

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Again, Saraki Thugs Vandalise Campaign Posters In Kwara

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Thugs loyal to the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have vandalised campaign posters belonging to candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ode Alausa, Ilorin, the state capital.

Fidel Info reports that the thugs who went on rampage were said to be sponsored by two PDP chieftains Dr Giwa Lukman and one other simply identified as Alhaji Uthman.

Both of them are loyalists of former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki who is the leader of the party in Kwara.

The thugs razed down all the APC billboards and pounced on passersby and innocent residents, leaving many people with varying degrees of injuries.

Our sources told us that many of the victims are hospitalised after suffering damages to their bodies.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time hooligans loyal to the opposition PDP in the state would be destroying billboards belonging to the APC.

They also orchestrated the destruction of APC billboards in Ubandawaki in Ilorin few months ago.

People have attributed these developments to acceptance of defeat by the opposition who are overwhelmed by the popularity of APC in the state.

They condemned PDP for resorting to violence which they said is a characteristic of their era, urging security agencies to step up their game in containing these notorious elements that want to destabilise the peace and harmony of the state.

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Kwara 2023:Scores Join APC In Oke-Ero LG

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Hundreds of defectors across  opposition parties in Kwara State have joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

Fidel Info Reports That The massive defections happened today on an open field during the local government APC General Ward Meeting in Idofin Igbana community.

The decampees claimed that, what is happening in other political parties are nothing to hold by but Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s APC has done so much for them in the local government and in the state at large.

Speaking for the Hausa Community, Mallam Abila Danlami said himself and his people residing in Oke-Ero has never had it so good and has no choice than to join APC and support Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s reelection for their personal and general benefits.

Welcoming the decampees into the APC fold, the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Oyeyemi Olasunbo Florence, said the defectors are from all the 10 wards of the local government having witnessed different developmental projects in their various localities.

The Commissioner who is a daughter of the soil also said several groups were represented such as, Fulani Community, Hausa Community including the plantation farmers from Ado-Ashe, all from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other opposition parties in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the defectors realized, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has the excellence and has proven the worth, so the people see it as a must to join hands with him and ensure victory of the party from the Presidency down to the House of Assembly levels.

She said all wards in the local government are fully represented to throw weight behind the governor’s reelection bid and charge the environment while showing strong support.

She however thanked the governor for counting the local government worthy of the massive development it has experienced since the beginning of his administration.

Also, the Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. George Olabode Towoju hailed the governor for the recognition and support he is giving the indigenes and residents of the local government.

Hon. Towoju said there is hardly any ward in the local government that you won’t see at least one political office holder or the other. He revealed that, Oke-Ero is one of the few local governments in the state that produce two commissioners.

He said with the feat, “our people are totally committed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s project  for him to win his reelection come 2023 for the continuity of the good governance Kwarans have always been yearning for.

Some of the achievements of the governor in the local government are as follows;

*Construction of four class rooms at Iloffa Grammar School with three offices.

*Construction of 3 blocks of classroom with two offices at St Pete Primary School, Iloffa.

*ICT Centre at St. John Primary School Iloffa.

*Construction of 3 classrooms at Jamat Primary School Iloffa.

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of Oko – Idofin Igbana Road to Odo-Ashe ongoing

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks 10 classroom at St. Paul Primary School, Idofin-Igbana Ward l

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks of 4 classrooms at Idofin High School, Idofin Ward II

*Rehabilitation and refurbishment of Model Health Centres at Omi-Egun Road, Idofin Ward II.

*Construction of Oko – Idofin Igbana – Odo Ashe Road.

*Construction of Omi Ayin Bridge along Idofin Ayekale Road.

Building of two blocks of classroom at United Primary School, Ekan and rehabilitation of Obaji Comprehensive Secondary School, Ekan.

Building of six blocks of class room in Odo Ashe.

Construction of two new classrooms and renovation of another 4 classrooms with furniture at Muslim Primary School, Ayedun.

Construction of two blocks of classroom at Imode/Egosi Ward and many more projects yet to be captured.

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