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Gowon Lauds Gombe Gov.’s Remarkable Achievements

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Former Nigeria’s Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), has commended Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, for his remarkable achievements and commitment to the welfare and progress of his people, and Nigeria as a whole.

Gowon gave the commendation when he led a delegation of some eminent Nigerians, including Gov.

Caleb Muftwang of Plateau, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana, amongst others, on a courtesy call on Yahya, on Saturday in Gombe.

The elder statesman said the visible strides made by Yahya’s administration were a testament of the governor’s steadfast commitment to effecting positive change.

Gowon further acknowledged that Yahya’s leadership was making tangible impact on the lives of the people of the state, through laudable initiatives and projects that were visible to all.

“I may not have the chance to personally witness the transformation taking place under your leadership in Gombe, but I must commend you for your remarkable strides in governance.

“It’s been quite some time since my last visit to Gombe, and I must acknowledge the evident change.

” The improvements I have observed are so significant that I find myself unable to recognise certain places from my previous visit.

“Your Excellency,  let me commend you for your efforts and urge you to continue the excellent work you are doing.

“We are closely observing the positive transformations taking place in Gombe, and you are certainly making us proud.

Your genuine care for the welfare of your people, as well as the development and progress of your state and the nation, is highly commendable.

“I extend my best wishes to you for continued success throughout your tenure,” Gowon added.

Speaking earlier, Yahaya described the visit as an honour done not just to his administration, but to the entire people of Gombe, emphasising the hospitable nature of the people of the State.

He noted that gracing the commissioning of the Church by the former Head of State and other distinguished Nigerians, could not have come at a better time as it coincided with the Muslims’ Ramadan Fast, and some Christians observing the Lenten period.

” Let us utilise this occasion by spreading the Gospel of peace. Nigeria is currently facing challenges, and there’s no reason for us to be in this situation.

“We are one people, and your message of unity, Your Excellency Gen. Gowon, resonates with us. We are a people of faith, and during the challenging days of the Nigerian civil war, you stood with us.

“Now you consistently serve the nation in various capacities, notably through initiatives like the Nigeria Prays, among others. We shall continue to stand together with you for peace and unity of Nigeria,” Yahaya said.

The delegation was in Gombe State for the dedication of a Church in Shongom Local Government Area, built by an illustrious son, Mr. Jerry Damara, for his community, (NAN)

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Kano APC Suspends National Chairman, Ganduje Over Alleged Corruption

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The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been suspended as a member of his ward in Kano. Reports says that the Executive members of Ganduje Ward In Dawakin-Tofa Local Government Area of Kano state announced the suspension of Ganduje over alleged corruption on Monday.

Addressing newsmen in the state capital, the legal adviser of the Ganduje Ward, Haladu Gwanjo said the former Kano state governor is alleged to have committed gross misappropriation of public funds during his time as governor of the state.
According to him, the members decided to suspend the national chairman’s membership after a vote of no confidence was passed on him due to his inability to clear his name from various allegations of corruption against him, which range from the circulated dollar videos where he was allegedly collecting bribe from contractors.
He said the suspension takes effect from today 15 April.A viral video had captured Ganduje allegedly receiving bundles of dollar notes as a bribe from a man said to be a contractor and stuffing them in the pockets of his flowing gown.The video, which garnered widespread attention in 2017, has been the subject of intense scrutiny.Ganduje had denied the content of the video when it first surfaced and maintained his innocence but years after, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP)’s administration of Governor Abba Yusuf revisited the case, vowing the prosecute the ex-governor.The Kano High Court would arraign Ganduje on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 on charges bordering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, had said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.The Yusuf administration, which initiated the criminal suit against the eight respondents, had declared its readiness to present 15 witnesses to testify before Justice Usman Na’aba of State High Court.

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Q1:PTML Customs Rakes N66.9b, Surpasses 2023 Revenue

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The Port Terminal Multiservices Ltd. (PTML) Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has recorded N66.9 billion revenue in the first quarter of the year.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), PTML Command, Comptroller, Saidu Yusuf, said this at a news conference in Lagos on Monday.

He said that the figure, which was N22.

19 billion higher than the N44.
72 billion recorded same period in 2023, represented 49.
6 per cent increase.

Yusuf described the increase in the revenue collection as a laudable feat.

According to him, the command is committed towards trade facilitation and supports the government’s drive on ease of doing business.

The comptroller thanked the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, for initiating strategies to achieve faster cargo clearance.

He reiterated that PTML command, under his watch, aimed to surpass its record of three hour cargo clearance for compliant traders.

“The launching of Time Release Study (TRS), which is ongoing and other deliberate efforts by the Comptroller General, had contributed to the expansion of terminal space and promoted ease of doing business in PTML.

“PTML command has potentials to achieve two hour cargo clearance and surpass it’s existing three hours record if port users compliance level is improved upon.

“PTML is one of the safest and most secure environments for RoRo(Roll On Roll Off) and general cargoes,” Yusuf said.

He advised importer and their agents to take advantage of the incentives available for compliant traders such as fast track, advance ruling and possible migration to the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.

He reminded port users in PTML of the robust and time conscious dispute resolution mechanism, which had contributed immensely to the revenue collection, trade facilitation and anti smuggling functions of the command.

Yusuf commended the various government and private sector stakeholders for their cooperation and support toward the realisation of the overnment goal of revenue collection and prevention of unlawful activities.

He also expressed optimism that the command would surpass it’s annual target for the year.

He described the importation of vehicles meant for Nigerian roads into nneighbouringcountries with the ntent to smuggle them through unapproved roads into Nigeria as unpatriotic and act of economic sabotage.

The PTLM customs boss said that the command had the capacity for seamless and efficient processing of such automobile cargoes.

The CAC enjoined officers of the command to maximally deploy available technology and rededicate themselves to the job to achieve more revenue for the second quoter.

He reminded the port users of the increased in anti-smuggling vigilance to uncover concealment such as under declaration and smuggling of prohibited items.

Yusuf said that any discovered infraction would lead to full evoking of the Nigeria Customs Service Act (NCSA), where there were spelt out penalties. (NAN)

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EFCC Arraigns 5 for Illegal Crude Oil Deal

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, charged five defendants before a Federal High Court in Lagos, over an illegal deal in petroleum products.
The defendants are: Mt Vinnalaris (a vessel), Azeez Abubakar, Wisdom Borborley, Samuel Akpan and Freedom Otuagoma
They appeared before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on two counts bordering on unlawful deal in petroleum products.


After the charge was read to them, they pleaded guilty.

Following their plea, the prosecutor, Mr R.A. Abdurasheed, informed the court that the prosecution had filed the plea bargain agreement with the defendants, before the court.
Consequently, the court adjourned the case until April 25, for adoption of plea bargain agreement.

The court, however, ordered that the defendants remain in custody of the prosecution till then.
In the charge, the defendants were said to have committed the offence sometime in 2023, while on the Nigerian maritime domain.
They were alleged to have dealt in 515.8 litres of crude oil without lawful authority.
The offence contravenes the provisions of Section 1(17) and 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17 Law of the Federation 2004. (NAN)

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