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SANWO-OLU TO IGP: ADEQUATE SECURITY CENTRAL TO SUSTAINING LAGOS ECONOMY

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***Chief Pays Courtesy Visit To Lagos Governor

Adequate security is at the centre of actualising the Lagos State’s aspiration to transform its economy and make it 21st Century compliant, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said at the weekend.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration has prioritised provision of logistics and material support for improved security operations to sustain 24-hour commercial activities across the State. He also promised to collaborate with the Nigeria Police to increase security surveillance at the grassroots through community policing arrangement of the Federal Government.

Sanwo-Olu spoke while hosting the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, who was paid him a courtesy visit at the weekend.

The IGP’s visit, which was his final leg of operational tour of the Southwest region, coincided with the summit of Conference of House of Assembly Speakers in the six states of the region held in Lagos, which bordered on regional security. The meeting also came two days after Gov. Sanwo-Olu donated 120 patrol vehicles and 34 motorcycles to the state’s Police Command to strengthen security.

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who led the delegation of speakers from the southwest region told Governor Sanwo-Olu that the conference was disturbed by the growing spate of insecurity in the region hence the need for them to meet and deliberate on the issue.

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Welcoming the IGP to his office, Governor Sanwo-Olu charged the police officers to justify the confidence reposed in them to fight crime and keep the country safe, adding all hands must be on deck in providing watertight security across the nation.

He said: “We need to sustain Lagos 24-hour economy to boost Nigeria’s non-oil revenue, 70 per cent of which is derived from Lagos. There is no way we can’t sustain the economy if people feel insecure to move freely. It will only happen if we have sound security formation across Lagos and adjourning states in the Southwest region.

“If Lagos is secure adequately, every nook and cranny of the country would feel the effect in terms of improvement in economic indices and quality of life of our people. Lagos Government has been supporting all security agencies and we will continue to do so to actualise our aspiration of transforming the State’s economy to comply with modern realities.”

Sanwo-olu, who described security as “everybody’s business”, praised the IGP for “urgently” responding to the security concerns in the Southwest. He, however demanded, more actions from security operatives to curtail pockets of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery observed in the region.

The Governor pointed out that Lagos started community policing with the establishment of Neighbourhood Watch corps, which, he said, President Buhari commended. He told Adamu that the police could study and adopt the model to achieve the objectives of community policing the Force was bringing to strengthen surveillance in communities across the country.

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Responding, Adamu said his visit to the Governor was informed by the need to appreciate Lagos Government’s logistics support to the state Police Command, and to re-assure the Governor of his readiness to strengthen security operation in Lagos.

The IGP said the community policing plan had received massive support from local vigilante groups, including the Oodu’a Peoples Congress (OPC), which had indicated their readiness to partner with the police.

He said: “We have agreed that we will send our special forces to the Southwest to work with our officers police commands across the states. The activities of these special forces will be targeting at areas where bandits and kidnappers are found.

“I am aware our commands have been receiving significant logistics support from your government. Because of this, I felt the need to personally come here and appreciate you for the gesture, and also to motivate our officers to double their efforts in the fight against crime in Lagos.”

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Ihedioha Launches Attack On Imo State Governor, Uzodinma

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Yet to accept his sack as the Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has launched an assault on his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma.

In a meeting with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his Abuja residence on Saturday, January 18, Ihedioha stated that he pities those celebrating his loss at the Supreme Court.

According to him, such people celebrating his downfall were not good students of democracy.

The sacked Governor of Imo State also disclosed that he is waiting for answers. He said;

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“The elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still has the results.

“It is not about Emeka Ihedioha. It is not about Imo State. It is about the future of our country and democracy. It’s about what do we do tomorrow. .. I am calm and we are calm, and that is why you see in Imo, there is calmness.

“The calmness is coming out of shock, it is coming of disbelief. It is coming out of the fact that people are saying, let us still see, can this be possible? We are waiting for answers and I believe there will be answers.

“This is not the time to celebrate. I pity anyone who is celebrating that sad event. If anyone is celebrating, that person is not a student of democracy.”

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We Will Work Harmoniously With Gov. Uzodinma, Says Imo Assembly Lawmakers

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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members in the Imo state House of Assembly have stated that they will work in harmony with the newly sworn-in governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma.

The lawmakers described Uzodinma’s victory at the Supreme Court as victory to the people of Imo State.

Reaction to the fact that there were only two members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) out of the 27 members of the House of Assembly, the speaker of the House, Chiji Collins said he does not think the state legislature populated by the PDP will have any problem with the new administration, adding that the lawmakers in House house were Imolites who were not in the house to fight, but the serve the Imo people.

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Collins said: “The members of the House of Assembly are all Imolites and we represent Imo people. So we have not come to fight anybody.”

“We are sons of daughters of Imo and we are representing them and so anything we will do will be in their best interest.”

Also speaking, the state lawmaker representing Ikeduru constituency, Uche Ogbuagu, said he was delighted about Uzodinma’s emergence as governor of Imo State, adding that the new administration might use the opportunity to right all the wrongs of the Emeka Ihedioha’s led administration.

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“Apart from this, we all have one thing in common and this is the good and progress of all Imolites. Anybody God has chosen to be the governor of Imo state, I cannot fight that person. I am a product of providence and destiny and so I don’t fight destinies,” Ogbuagu said.

Ogbuagu further noted that every action which will be taken by lawmakers in the House will be dependant on the party’s leadership in Imo state.

 

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FG Announces Plan To Reduce Price Of Petroleum

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The federal governmentt is exploring ways of reducing the price of petroleum by providing alternative petroleum.

If actualised, the new pump price will be between N96 and N97 per litre from it’s current N147

Minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, said the alternative petrol will be provided through Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), explaining that CNG fuel has undergone a pilot project in Benin City where over 10,000 vehicles are already running on it.

The minister made the disclosure while addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday, January 15.

“If we are thinking of reducing pump price for fuel? I could easily say yes and I’m sure all of you wonder why I am saying that,” he said. “We are thinking of giving the masses an alternative. Today we are all hooked on PMS, what we want to do going forward is to see that we are able to move the masses to CNG.

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“CNG unit for unit costs is less than even the subsidised PMS. Per litre the subsidised rate of PMS is N145 per litre, while CNG will cost N95 to N97 per litre that is why I could say we want to reduce the cost of fuel, that way when we are given an alternative Nigerians will not notice when the subsidy on PMS is removed.”

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The minister expressed the hope that the petroleum industry bill (PIB) will be passed by the national assembly before May 2020. The CNG is a fuel that can be used in place of gasoline, diesel fuel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is used in traditional gasoline/internal combustion engine automobiles or specifically manufactured vehicles.

 

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