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National Water Resources Bill Can Plunge Nigeria Into Crisis — Suswam

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Former Governor of Benue State and senator representing North East District of the state, Gabriel Suswam, has described the proposed National Water Resources Bill as anti- people, warning that it could plunge the country into crisis.
Suswam, who spoke in Katsina-Ala, Katsina-Ala LGA of the state during the commissioning of various projects executed in his district by Governor Samuel Ortom said the bill was unacceptable.
He said, “though the bill is yet to come before the Senate, it will die on arrival in whatever form it comes. It is anti-people. For me, I cannot sit down as representative of the people and allow the Federal Government to take over the water of the people.
“The Land Use Act of 1978 clearly states that all land in a state belongs to the State Governor and it will require a constitutional review for this to happen.”

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Judiciary Workers To Join Planned Labour Strike

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Judiciary workers, under the aegis of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, have said they would shut down courts nationwide on Monday in compliance with the directive by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union to embark on strike
The NLC and the TUC had jointly declared the industrial action to press for the reversal of the recent hike in petrol pump price and electricity tariff.
The President of JUSUN, Marwan Adamu, told our correspondent on Friday that as an affiliate of NLC, the union of judiciary workers was bound by the umbrella body’s directive to Nigerian workers to proceed on strike from Monday.
“The strike is not JUSUN strike. It is NLC strike. As an affiliate of NLC, we are bound by the strike declaration. So, we are joining the strike,” Adamu said.
Asked if the Wedneasay’s order issued by the National Industrial Court in Abuja stopping the planned strike would not be complied with, Adamu said, “the order has not been served on us, so the strike is going on”.
Adamu confirmed that the notice for the strike had been circulated in various courts and judiciary institutions across the country.

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Kogi Explosion : Bello Meets Osinbajo , Gets FG ’ s Assurance

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Thursday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo following the tanker explosion that killed 23 people in Lokoja on Wednesday.
He has received assurances that the Federal Government will fix all government roads and other infrastructure, beginning with Felele along Lokoja-Abuja highway, the scene of the explosion.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, commended the federal government for its efforts to repair road infrastructure across the country.
Bello stressed the need for more attention to be paid to Kogi State, which links the northern and the southern parts of the country.
According to him, if Kogi State is cut off, the Federal Capital Territory will be heavily impacted.
On the meeting with the Vice President, he said: “The Vice President is a very caring father and is concerned about what happened in Kogi State, particularly in what happened yesterday, the unfortunate accident that claimed the lives of innocent citizens in Kogi State
“So, our discussion was very fruitful, he expressed his sympathies and condolences to the families of those that lost their loved ones and promised to ensure that federal government brings succour to the families of those that have lost their loved ones and to ensure that future occurrences, especially on that spot don’t occur again. So our discussion was very fruitful.”
On his visit to the Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, the governor said part of the commitment extracted is the immediate deployment of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), to fix the spot that claimed lives on Wednesday.
He added: “My visit to the minister of works and housing is in connection with the road infrastructure and other infrastructure that crisscross Kogi State, especially with the incident of yesterday. It is an accident, it can happen at any point in time.
“The minister swiftly invited all those that are concerned as far as our road construction and reconstruction are concerned. He has directed that FERMA moves into that spot immediately and fix those areas. Not only that, the road that links when coming from Okene, Lokoja, down to Abaji, between Kabba to Egbe, Umuaran to Ilorin and Ganaja village across to Shuntako, Dekina down to Ayangba, he has taken them very seriously and has promised that it will be well funded this time around.
“Also, the rehabilitation of Muritala Mohammed bridge, you know is only one lane that is being used, so he has actually called the contractors to ensure that they speedily complete that project in view of the ember months that we are in now.
“You will recall that last July, I was on the road for five hours directing traffic in that area, so he expressed his concern also, moving forward federal government is going to fund the various contractors to ensure that those road infrastructures are completed.
“They are doing excellently well with road infrastructure across the country but we want more attention to be paid to Kogi State, because it is the gateway between the north and south because, if our road is cut off even FCT is going to suffer for it.”

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UK Moves To Seize $39 Million From London Lawyer Who Helped Ibori Move Funds

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UK Takes Legal Action To Seize $39m From London Lawyer Who Assisted Ibori Move Stolen Funds From Nigeria
confiscate $39.3m from Bhadresh Gohil, a London lawyer, who assisted James Ibori to loot and launder funds from Nigeria.
Ibori, ex-governor of Delta State, was convicted in 2010 in the United Kingdom for money-laundering.
Gohil was also convicted in 2010 of 13 counts of money-laundering and other offences linked to his role in the case.
Reuters reported that Gohil also masterminded a fraud in which $37m in fake consultancy fees was stolen from two Nigerian states in connection with the sale of their stakes in a telecoms company.
Then a partner at a firm in the London district of Mayfair, Gohil had helped Ibori channel stolen funds through shell companies and offshore accounts and buy assets such as an English country house and a $20 private jet — although police caught up with the men before the jet was delivered.
Banks have been fined and scandals revealed by leaks such as the FinCEN and Panama papers, but it remains unusual for direct beneficiaries such as Ibori and Gohil to be held to account.
In Ibori’s case, a hearing took place at London’s Southwark Crown Court in January. Prosecutors asked the court to make a confiscation order against Ibori of 117.7 million pounds.
The judge has yet to hand down his decision.
A hearing on Gohil’s case is ongoing at the same court.
Lead prosecution counsel, Jonathan Kinnear, on Thursday began setting out the details of what he said was Gohil’s criminal benefit.
Gohil will have a chance later in the hearing to call witnesses and give evidence himself to dispute the prosecution case.
Any confiscation order against him, as for Ibori, will be issued by the judge at a later date.

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