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Today's Headlines: Concerns Over Federal Highways; Northern senators, Reps had upper hand - Tofomowo

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Concerns Over Federal Highways

Aside from the speaker’s regular but unjustifiable tirade against the media, the House On Wednesday recorded a commendable feat by calling on the Federal Ministry of Works to urgently carry out repairs on all federal government highways that have been affected by heavy downpour to ease the untold hardship of travelers.

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Lamentations by the lawmakers from almost every part of the county exposed the reality of the federal government roads and the albeit, unprecedented risk and delay suggested of travellers on daily basis. For the lawmakers, it’s wasn’t an issue to be treated with kid’s gloves.

With specific reference to Onitsha-Owerri Expressway; Enugu-Portharcourt; Warri-Sapelle; Kabba-Omuo roads and other affected roads nationwide, the lawmakers noted the call was necessary with a view to easing hardship on motorists and Nigerians. The House emphasised that the lawmakers emphasised that the call was necessary with a view to easing hardship on motorists and Nigerians.

PIB PASSAGE: Northern senators, Reps had upper hand over southern lawmakers — Senator Tofomowo

Senator Nicholas Tofowomo represents Ondo South in the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He is the Vice Chairman, Land Transport Committee of the Senate and member of the Niger Delta Development (NDDC) Committee. In this interview, the lawmaker speaks on national issues. Excerpts:

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The Federal Government must take full responsibility to reorganise all the 774 local governments to function and ensure that they get their allocations directly and to also partner state governments in reorganising the police to the level of meaningful funding and their infrastructure. Also, the National Assembly should support the establishment of state police. It is very important.

Telecom blackout: Killings, abductions continue in Zamfara, two-week shutdown extended

Indications have emerged that there are still incidences of killings and kidnappings in Zamfara State despite the shutdown of telecom sites in the state.

While the shutdown and the efforts of the military have diminished the activities of the bandits and decimated the criminals, some residents of the state told that attacks and abductions by the bandits had continued.

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Thus, in spite of their pleas to the state government for a ceasefire, as revealed by Governor Bello Matawalle on September 10, the bandits have continued to attack residents of the state.

The governor had after attending Jumat at the Dalala Mosque in Gusau, the state capital, disclosed that the bandits sent a powerful committee to plead with the government to cease fire and allow the supply of food and other essential commodities but that he refused. “What we are doing to bandits is to send them to God, so they can answer for their actions,” he added.

Ogun banks shut over robbers’ threat, ignore police assurance

Despite police guaranteeing their safety, commercial banks in the Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State have refused to open for business over fear of attack by robbers.

Our correspondent gathered that the banks have shut down since Monday following letters allegedly sent to some of them by suspected robbers.

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It was gathered that the banks insisted on closing their branches except the state government assisted the police with armoured personnel carriers to be mounted close to their branches.

Some residents of Ijebu-Ode, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said many had been travelling to places such as Sagamu, Abeokuta and others to deposit or withdraw money.

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