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PDP Govs Fault New Police Act, Advocate Amendment

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The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum has called for a repeal of sections of the Police Act recently accented to by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, claiming certain provisions therein contravene the nation’s Constitution.
Their position was contained in a communique issued after a Zoom meeting held by the PDP governors.
The communique was signed by the Chairman of the forum, Aminu Tambuwal , who is also the governor of Sokoto State.
A copy of the communique was made available to reporters in Abuja, on Wednesday .
The governors among other things , implored the president and the National Assembly to repeal Section 4 ( 1 ) of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund ( Establishment ) Act , 2019 which “ purportedly authorises the President to deduct 0 . 5% of the total revenue accruing to the Federation Account for the benefit of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund. ”
According to the governors, the said deduction is patently unconstitutional.
The communiqué read in part , “ The meeting noted the signing of the New Nigeria Police Act , 2020 by Mr . President , Commander in Chief .
“ While acknowledging the many important innovations in the new law , the Forum emphasised the need to make the Nigeria Police Council , which has Mr . President as Chairman and 36 state Governors as members, fully operational and the clearing house on all issues bordering on the organisation and administration of the Nigeria Police Force as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
“ The Forum further observed the discrepancies in S .12 ( 2 ) and S .12 ( 4 ) of the Act on the appropriate authority with responsibility to deploy Police Commissioners to the respective States . Whereas S .12 ( 2 ) gives the responsibility to the Police Service Commission , S . 12 ( 4 ) gives either the Police Service Commission or Inspector -General of Police the same responsibility.
“ This is even more regrettable as the Constitution gives this responsibility to the Police Service Commission ( S . 215 ) ( 1 ) ( b ) . We advise that the constitutional provision be upheld .
“ Furthermore , the Forum canvassed for appropriate consultations with the Governors of various States on the deployment of Police Commissioners to the States since the Police is a common institution that executes the laws of both the Federal and State governments.
“ The Forum implored Mr. President and the National Assembly to repeal Section 4 ( 1 ) of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund ( Establishment ) Act , 2019 which purports to authorise the President to deduct 0 .5 per cent of the total revenue accruing to the Federation Account for the benefit of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, as it is patently unconstitutional .
“ The beneficiaries of the Federation Account are the Federal , States and Local Governments only. More creative funding options should be explored .”
The PDP governors also expressed concerns over the controversy surrounding the Water Resources Bill , 2020 .
“ Towards this end , the governors called for greater consultations just as they referred the document to the body of Attorney Generals of PDP controlled states to study and advise accordingly ,” it added .
Governors who attended the zoom meeting include : Aminu Tambuwal ( Sokoto ) , Okezie Ikpeazu ( Abia) , Udom Emmanue ( Akwa Ibom ) , Senator Bala Muhammad ( Bauchi ); and Douye Diri ( Bayelsa ) .
Others are: Ifeanyi Okowa ( Delta); Dave Umahi ( Ebonyi ); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi ( Enugu ); Nyesom Wike ( Rivers ); Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde ( Oyo ) and Bello Muhammad Matawalle ( Zamfara).

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Banks’ CEOs Hold Emergency Meeting Over BDCs’ Forex Ban 

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Bank Chief Executive Officers on Thursday, held an emergency meeting on how to ensure compliance with the new forex directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

After the meeting, they spoke during a webinar organised to give an update on the banks’ preparedness to be the main channel of forex distribution, following the recent discontinuity of forex supply to the BDC operators by the CBN.

The executives assured the public that banks would make forex available to customers in accordance with the CBN’s directives.

After the last Monetary Policy Committee meeting, the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had ordered all Deposit Money Banks to set up teller points at designated branches across the country to fulfil legitimate FX request for personal travel allowance, business travel allowance, tuition fees, medical payments and SMEs transactions, among others.

Speaking at the webinar, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, said, “The banking industry as a whole was willing and ready to carry out this function. The banks have very strict compliance measures, in terms of verification and making sure that people who do apply are eligible.

“All Nigerian banks will be able to meet these requirements. If you look at all the branches nationwide, you will know that the banks have more than enough capacity to do this.”

He said if the banks saw any compliance issues, or people attempting to do things cunning, they would be reported to the CBN because the banks would ensure full compliance with the order.

The Group Chief Executive Officer, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Mr Segun Agbaje, while speaking on the capacity of the banks to meet the customers demand, said, “It is not only the CBN that has the ability to fund the market; the banks also have the resources to meet the demand, and we have agreed collectively that it will start immediately.”

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Nigeria Needs $2.3tn To Address Infrastructure Deficit, Says FG

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said that the country need $2.3tn to address its national integrated infrastructure masterplan.

He said this in Abuja on Thursday at a town hall meeting themed: ‘Nigeria’s infrastructure revolution: Road to a new future’, organised by Business Hallmark.

According to him, the 23-year masterplan (2020-2043) is for the development of infrastructure including roads, railway network and maritime sector.

The event was chaired by a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

Mustapha said, “Conscious of the economic disruption caused by 2016 recession and COVID-19 as well as challenges of previous reforms, the Federal Government revised the 23 year (2020-2043) national integrated infrastructure masterplan that identified critical enablers.

“For the 23-year period, $2.3tn will be required, translating to about $150bn annually and the private sector and other partners have to provide 56 per cent, while Federal Government and state governments will provide 44 per cent of the share of the investment.

“The Federal Government has made important strides towards providing much of our infrastructure and has, in recent years, conducted several infrastructural reforms.

“Specifically, we are extending and upgrading the nation’s railway network and introducing more locomotive couches. The port sector has been converted to landlocked model and terminal.

“Similarly, Public Private Partnership style infrastructure company with an initial seed capital of N1tn envisaging to grow over time to N6tn in assets and capital has been established and will soon commence operation.

“It will be one of the premier finance entities in Africa and will be wholly dedicated to Nigeria’s infrastructure development.

“The reduction in Nigeria’s infrastructural gap will also give the country a competitive advantage under the newly signed Africa Free Continental Area Trade Agreement.”

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, deplored the water crises in Nigeria saying no community in the country enjoyed water supply always.

He said, “In 1992, 30 per cent of the Nigerian population was enjoying pipe-borne water and as of 2015, it had dropped to seven per cent.

“In 2015, we were at 68 per cent national coverage for access to water and as of today, we are at 70 per cent and maybe by the time the result for 2021 comes out, we might be at 71 per cent to 72 per cent.

“As for water quality, 90 per cent of water consumed, including water from the boreholes, are contaminated and water is the basic necessity of life.”

Oyegun, in his contribution at the event, said six years going, the performance of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had been mixed.

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