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There is peace in Rivers State – Fubara declares amidst statewide tension

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Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by Fellow Press

Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has reassured the public that the state remains peaceful amidst speculations of widespread crisis.

The governor made the remarks during an inspection of the Omodu-Eberi-Omuma Road in Omuma Local Government Area on Thursday.

Fubara said that government activities are functioning normally and residents are going about their legitimate businesses without hindrance.

Speaking at Egbelu Junction, the governor clarified that the inspection aimed to correct misconceptions about the state’s condition. He also announced the extension of the road project to link neighbouring Abia State, a testament to the state’s continued development.

This assurance comes amidst escalating tensions between supporters of Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, now Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

The conflict, which recently resulted in two fatalities, is the latest development in an ongoing dispute between the two political figures.

The crisis dates back to late last year and has included incidents such as the bombing of the state House of Assembly and an attempted impeachment of Governor Fubara by lawmakers loyal to Wike.

The immediate cause of the current conflict was the expiration of the three-year tenure of the 23 local government chairmen on Monday.

The outgoing chairmen, backed by a local government amendment law passed by the Martin Amaewhule-led House of Assembly, sought to extend their terms by six months due to the governor’s failure to conduct local government elections.

In response, Governor Fubara appointed caretaker chairmen, who were sworn in on Wednesday.

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Adamawa State drags FG to Supreme Court over alleged FAAC deductions

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Last Updated on July 11, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Adamawa State government has filed a lawsuit against the federal government at the Supreme Court, challenging alleged unconstitutional deductions from the Federation Account.

The state seeks a definitive interpretation of Section 162 (1), (2), and (3) of the constitution, which governs revenue distribution among all tiers of government.

According to a statement released by Humwashi Wonosikou, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, on Wednesday evening, the state government insists that the entire sum in the Federation Account must be distributed without deductions, except as permitted by law.

The government emphasizes that the president must strictly comply with the Constitution in managing and distributing revenue.

The Adamawa State government argues that all revenue collected, except those exempted by the constitution, must be paid into the Federation Account for distribution to all tiers of government.

The state seeks a declaration from the Supreme Court that any deductions or withholdings made without constitutional backing be declared unconstitutional.

The government stresses that the federal government’s discretion to manage revenue is limited to only what is expressly permitted by the Constitution. Adamawa State seeks a strict interpretation of the constitution to ensure that revenue distribution is conducted without arbitrary deductions or withholdings by the federal government.

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El-Rufai: We dug deep, unearthed monumental heist in Kaduna – State Govt

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Last Updated on July 11, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Kaduna State House of Assembly says it dug deep and unearthed a “monumental heist” carried out in the state in the guise of project execution during the eight years of former governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

The Chairman, Fact-Finding Committee and Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Henry Magaji, in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday said findings revealed a litany of poorly executed projects, abandoned projects, and projects that exist only in the imagination of executive scammers.

“The attention of the Kaduna State House of Assembly has been drawn to a press conference addressed by some senior political appointees of the immediate past administration of Malam Nasir El-Rufai. In the press conference, the former political appointees made strenuous efforts to pick holes in the report of the Probe Committee. They resorted to name calling and wild allegations on the motivations for the House Probe.”

He noted that the press conference was just a rehash of the vituperations and innuendoes heaped on them by the former political appointees in their first press briefing, saying that there was nothing new that should warrant our response.

He added that they failed to address the main issue, which is the systematic and coordinated cornering of the resources of Kaduna State through phoney contracts and outright looting.

Magaji said, “The State House of Assembly, in line with its constitutional mandate and in response to public demand, carried out a thorough probe into the humongous debts incurred by the immediate past administration without commensurate projects. We dug deep and unearthed the monumental heist carried out in Kaduna State in the guise of project execution. Our findings revealed a litany of poorly executed projects, abandoned projects, and projects that exist only in the imagination of executive scammers.”

He explained that the members have called on anti-corruption agencies to step in and invite indicted persons for questioning, stressing that it is the anti-corruption agencies that can either validate or disprove our findings, not individuals who spent their days in public office cornering the common patrimony of the people of Kaduna State and mortgaging the future of its children and grandchildren.

He urged the former political appointees to deploy their energies towards preparing their defences before the anti-corruption agencies, and eventually the courts, pointing out that the House of Assembly is not in a battle of wits with them.

According to him, “We have done our duty to the people of Kaduna State. Let them answer to the charges of malfeasance, abuse of office, disrespect for the law and due process leveled against them.

“We are currently in court with the head of the indicted administration, Malam Nasir El-Rufai over the issue of fair hearing. We shall not comment on the matter because it is sub-judice. We stand for the rule of law and due process.”

He stated that they are elected representatives of the people and are accountable to the people with constitutional responsibility to make laws and carry out functions for the welfare, safety and security of the people.

“The probe carried out by the House is in furtherance of the oath we took to advance the interests of the people of Kaduna State. The few political appointees who have been making desperate but futile moves to denigrate the House and cover up the alleged fraud perpetrated by the previous government represent no one but themselves. If they genuinely have the interest of Kaduna State and are truly men and women of integrity, they would have applied themselves to developing the state instead of participating in the alleged pilfering of its scarce resources,” he explained.

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