I owe you nothing - Tinubu tells Wike
The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has told Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that he (Tinubu) owed him nothing but that “You have to lobby me to collect”.
Tinubu said this today (Wednesday) in Port Harcourt the state capital, during the inauguration of the Rumuokuta Flyover, while responding to a request by Governor Wike, who asked for refunds on federal projects undertaken by states of the federation.
Justifying the request and why his administration has been able to deliver a number of major projects seamlessly, Wike had told Tinubu: “Part of why we are having uncompleted projects have to do with our procurement laws. If you follow the procurement law, it will take very long to complete projects."
“When you give a contractor 15%, inflation is rising almost every day; before you give another money, they will call for variation because of increasing cost of materials."
“In our own case, I call Mr Speaker, to say we can’t continue with this. We had to amend our own procurement law to give us the latitude to pay 70% to a company we know has the capacity to deliver within time."
I stepped down for Gbajabiamila — Ado-Doguwa
Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, has said that he stepped down for the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to become Speaker.
Ado-Doguwa disclosed this on Wednesday while officially declaring his bid for the Office of the Speaker in the coming 10th National Assembly at a press conference in Abuja.
He is representing Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency in Kano State.
He claimed to have consulted widely regarding his ambition after his declaration as the winner of a supplementary election and subsequent issuance of Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I have been approached by many Nigerians, mostly my colleagues, who urged me to declare my intention to contest for the speakership of the House of Representatives in the 10th Assembly,” Ado-Doguwa said.
Gunmen kill teenager, raid homes with POS in Bayelsa
Six gunmen on Tuesday morning reportedly shot dead a 20-year-old while robbing homes in Azikoro town, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The victim, Elo Lucky, was reportedly shot by the robbers in the wee hour of the morning for screaming immediately she woke up in shock to see armed men robbing her family.
DAILY POST learnt that the six armed men stormed the Health Centre area of Azikoro town, broke into homes, stole phones, and demanded ATM cards from which they withdrew all their victims’ monies through the POS machines they came along with.
DAILY POST also learnt that the victim, who was from Delta State and was living with her mother and stepfather, was preparing to write the supplementary JAMB exams before her murder.
Senate seeks life imprisonment for illegal explosive manufacturers
The Senate on Wednesday passed the bill recommending life imprisonment without the option of fine for unlawful explosive manufacturers in the country.
Section 11 of the bill seeking to repeal the Explosives Act 1964 and enact the Explosives Act 2023 passed for third reading by the Senate on Wednesday, recommends life imprisonment without the option of a fine as punishment for any person who unlawfully manufactures any explosive in the country.
The passage followed the consideration and adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Mines, Steel Development and Metallurgy, chaired by Tanko Al-Makura.
The Bill states that “Any person who unlawfully manufactures any explosives, commits an offence and is liable to conviction to life imprisonment without an option of fine.”
Adelere Oriolowo (APC, Osun), who presented the report on behalf of the committee chairman, said the problem associated with the use, shipment, manufacture, sale and possession of explosives is huge.
The lawmaker said criminals were getting more innovative in the use of explosives to perpetrate crimes.
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