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Buhari Approves Creation Of N1trn Infrastructure Coy
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a Public Private Partnership infrastructure company named Infra-Co with an initial seed capital of N1 trillion.
A presidential spokesman, Laolu Akande said yesterday said President Buhari had asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to chair a Steering Committee tasked with setting up of the company envisaged to grow to N15 trillion in assets and capital over the time.
Akande, who said Infra-Co will be one of the premier infrastructure finance entities in Africa and will be wholly dedicated to Nigeria’s infrastructure development, added that the entity had been developed with concept designs from the National Economic Council (NEC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He said Infra-Co will finance public asset development, rehabilitation and reconstruction as well as invest in cutting edge infrastructure projects for roads, rail, power and other key sectors.
More Tributes As Lateef Jakande Is Buried
The remains of the First Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, who died on Thursday at the age of 91, have finally been interred. The late Minister of Works and Housing and renowned journalist was buried at the Ikoyi Vaults and Garden shortly after a Janazal prayer held at his residence, No. 2 Bishop Street Ilupeju, Lagos.
In attendance at the Janazal prayers were the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, a former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, among other dignitaries. At the Ikoyi Vaults and Garden, several Islamic scholars offered special prayers for the deceased.
The Mufasir of Lagos Central Mosque, Alhaji Shakirudeen Abdulgaffar, who represented the Chief Imam, Sheikh Sulaimon Abu-Nolla, led the prayers. Other Islamic clerics in attendance were the National Missioner and Chief Imam of Ansarudeen Society, Imam Abdulrahman Ahmad, Sheikh Abdullateef Ayinla, Sheikh Sulaiman Onikijipa, among others.
OccupyLekki Protest: Heavy Security At Toll Gates As Tension Rises In Lagos
The planned protest slated for Saturday, February 13th over the move to reopen Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos State is generating tension in Lagos State, Daily Trust can report. This is just as the state police command has deployed men to the Lekki toll plaza along the Lekki-Epe expressway.
Daily Trust reports that the federal government, the state government as well as the police command have vowed to resist any protest to avoid a repeat of the October 2020 protest which led to massive destruction of properties in the state.
The State Judicial Panel of Enquiry had granted LCC’s request to take repossession of the toll gates at Lekki-Epe expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge, though the panel was divided over the decision. Following the decision, the organisers of the #EndSARS began to mobilize for another round of protest tagged; #OccupyLekki while another pro-government group also launched a counter move with #DefendLagos and #DemNoBornDemPapaWell.
How Current Polling Units Create Crisis During Elections — Yakubu
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the current numbers of the polling units (PUs) are grossly inadequate, leading to crisis during elections. Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this at a meeting with media executives in Abuja on Friday.
He said the existing 119,973 PUs were created 25 years ago. “Nigeria has a critical problem of voter access to Polling Units. The country currently has 119,973 Polling Units established a quarter of a Century ago in 1996 by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON). At that time, the voter population was projected at 50 million.
“The voters’ register increased to 84,004,084 by 2019. We envisage that by the next General Election in 2023, the population of registered voters may be twice the number projected in 1996. Yet, the number of Polling Units remains the same. This is a national problem. It must be addressed in earnest.
Over 30 People Kidnapped In FCT In 1 Month
The rising insecurity in Nigeria is manifesting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as over 30 people have been kidnapped in the first few weeks of 2021, Daily Trust Saturday reports.
Locals and some security officials said many kidnap incidences were quietly resolved by families of the victims because they don’t want to be in the news. Findings revealed that the abductions were mostly carried out in the suburbs of the capital city.
Some of the freed hostages narrated their harrowing experiences in the hands of their abductors even as they claimed that they sold all their possessions to pay the ransom.
Ortom: I’m Disappointed With Bauchi Governor Over Herdsmen Comment
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed disappointment with his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, who blamed him for the “negative perception of Fulani herders”.
While speaking at a programme in the state on Thursday, Mohammed accused Ortom of worsening the farmer-herder crisis through his utterances.
But in a statement issued on Friday, Terver Akase, Ortom’s media aide, the governor said he found it shocking that a colleague, who took the oath of office as he also did, to protect and preserve the Constitution “now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness”.
NBA Sues Buhari Over IGP Adamu Tenure Extension
The Nigerian Bar Association has started legal action against President Muhammadu Buhari over his extension of the Mohammed Adamu’s tenure as inspector-general of police. Buhari, Adamu and the Police Service Commission are named as respondents in the suit FHC/L/CS/214/2021 filed by NBA’s public interest litigation committee before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
NBA wants the court to determine the constitutionality of Buhari’s extension of Adamu’s tenure as IGP for three months after Adamu on February 1 attained the mandatory 35 years in service. It said it is guided by an urgent need and sacred duty to reassert the supremacy of the rule of law in the face of growing impunity and the seeming reluctance of Law Officers in Government to give proper counsel.
NBA’s position is that Adamu ceased to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force when he attained the mandatory 35 years of service. It called extension of his tenure “unconstitutional”. The end of Adamu’s tenure came when he clocked 35 years in service on Feb 1.
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