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APC Suspends Cross River Commissioner for Anti-party Activities




The All Progressives Congress (APC) executive in Ward 8, Calabar Municipality, Cross River, has suspended Mr Ekpenyong Iso, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, for alleged anti-party activities and misappropriation of funds.

The suspension is contained in a statement, jointly signed yesterday in Calabar by the Chairman of Ward 8, Mr Kingsley Ekpe, and the Secretary, Mr Gilbert Bassey, respectively.

According to the party, Iso’s suspension is pursuant to article 21 (D) of the constitution of the APC.

“We write to notify you of your 12 months suspension from Ward 8, Calabar Municipality, of the APC.

“Your suspension is predicated on the recommendations of the disciplinary and fact-finding committee set up to investigate the petition of misappropriation of party funds and anti-party activities leveled against you.

“Consequently, during the pendency of this suspension, which takes immediate effect, you are to stay away from all party activities.

“We wish you all the best in your political sojourn.”

Reacting to the suspension, however, Iso told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that he was not involved in any anti-party activities neither did he mismanaged any funds during the just-concluded polls.

He said that the statement issued on his purported suspension was written by some “unscrupulous persons”.

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“The allegations are completely false; there were nothing like anti-party activities or misappropriation of funds during the last elections.

“The ward executive of the party is meeting soon to refute the statement because there is no substance to their claims,” he said. (NAN)


Gov. Diri laments Slow Pace of Work After Paying N16bn Mobilisation Fee to Contractor




Bayelsa’s Gov. Douye Diri on Friday at Nembe expressed dissatisfaction at the pace of work on the 21km Phase One of the Nembe-Brass Highway.

He noted that the indigenous contractor, Setraco Nigeria Ltd., had collected N16 billion mobilisation fee from the state government out of the contract sum of N54 billion.

He stressed that the level of work done since the project began about a year ago was not commensurate with the N16 billion paid as mobilisation.

“I am not comfortable with the level of sand filling that you have done so far.

“We have timelines for this project and I do not want anybody to ever think that we are playing politics with this road.

“We know why we awarded this contract. We know the importance of this road leading to Brass and I do not want you as contractors to disappoint the government.

“This contract was awarded for the first phase for about N54 billion and your mobilisation fee was 30 per cent, which amounts to N16 billion.

“Government has paid the N16 billion, but the work done is not commensurate with the mobilisation fee that you have received.

“The next time we come here, we want to see this whole place sand-filled. Take this very seriously.

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“You are a serious company and you have been working with this government. You did the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road and now you are on this important road. So I expect that you will not disappoint us,’’ he said.

Responding, Setraco’s Area Manager for Bayelsa and Delta, Engr. J. J. Cosme, promised to increase the pace of work on the project to meet the timelines.

He assured that the company would not disappoint the government and people of the area.

Gov. Diri also inspected the on-going Onuebum-Otuoke Road project in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa. (NAN)

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Taraba: Bonzena Emerges 10th Assembly Speaker.




From Christiana Babayo, Jalingo

Rt. Hon John Kizito Bonzena, member representing Zing Local Government Area, has been re-elected to preside over the Taraba State House of Assembly.

Bonzena emerged Speaker alongside his Deputy, Hon. Haman Adama through a unanimous decision of the 24 members of the House on Friday.

In his speech after the swearing in, Bonzena applauded Gov Agbu Kefas for providing an enabling environment for the inauguration of the 10th Assembly.

” I wish to very specially commend His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Dr.

Agbu Kefas for deliberately creating an enabling envíronment for the inauguration of this Assembly today.

“Your Excellency, we commend and appreciate your understanding. In particular, Your Excellency’s presence here is a practical demonstration of how high Your Excellency holds the Legislature in the scheme of things. The Executive-Legislative relation must continue to be cordial and symbiotic”

He however lamented the poor state of the Taraba State House of Assembly, stressing that he was challenged by the problems and will do everything he can to surmount them.

He identified lack of office accommodations, Lack of training for both legislators and staff, unpaid backlog of allowances for the Staff, unpaid arrears of membership fees for Commonwealth and Parliamentary Association both Africa and international and digitalization of voting system among others.

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Bonzena reiterated his stand on tackling these issues with the support and advice from the members, while soliciting for their prayers for the success of the Assembly.

He commended Press men for their accurate reportage of the activities, the security, civil society groups, other non Governmental organizations, the clerk of the House and his team of support while encouraging them to do keep up the good spirit.

Bonzena is representing his people for the fifth time at the State House of Assembly, and he has presided over the affairs of the House since the former Speaker, Prof. Albasu Kunini resigned in December, 2022

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Shettima Inaugurates N570m NASS Mosque




Vice-President Kashim Shettima on Friday,  inaugurated the Jumu’at Mosque built by the Muslim faithfuls in the National Assembly.

In his remark, Shettima felicitated with the Muslim faithful in the National Assembly and urged the to act with humility as they discharge their responsibilities.

He advised the faithfuls to be mindful of their lifestyles as they must one day leave their positions and the world.

“50 years from now, many people will not be alive.

We should act with humility. power and wealth are gifts from Allah”,he said.

The vice-president commended all the people involved in the building and  completion of the Mosque.

Earlier, the Chairman, National Assembly Mosque Project Management Committee, Sen.

Ibrahim Shekarau said that the idea to build the Mosque came up in 2021.

He said the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives set up the committee comprising of four senators, 10 members of the House of Representatives and three members from NASS management.

Shekarau said that the aim was to build a bigger Mosque for Muslims as the existing one was  small for the Muslim community praying in the National Assembly.

“We had our first meeting meeting on September 22,2021.

After the committee’s meeting, a general meeting of all Muslim legislators was called and that was when the legislators was called and that was when the legislators converted and ordinary muted idea into a concrete reality.

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“All 227 of us agreed to bear the brunt of the project, and within eight months of this agreement, we had contributed well over N570 million.

“The magnificent state-of-the-art edifice you are about to commission is the result of the moral and financial commitment of Muslim members of the 9th Assembly and Muslim staff of the National Assembly,” he said.

In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, who was represented by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, commended all the people that made contributions to build the Mosque.

According to him, it is God’s will that chose the members of the 9th Assembly to do it otherwise, it would have been done earlier.

In his address, the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan said that the 9th Assembly had the opportunity to make history and provide a lasting legacy with huge rewards in the hereafter.

“We consider ourselves very lucky for chosing us to make this Mosque a reality,” he said.

Lawan said that Muslim senators contributed N400,000 monthly while members of the House of Representatives contributed 250 per month as the project lasts.

In his vote of thanks, the Speaker, House of Representatives,Femi Gbajabiamila said, the building of the Mosque was a sacrifice made for God.

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He said that it does not require anybody’s commendation as everyone is only looking for infinite reward from God. (NAN)

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