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I’ll Strictly Monitor MDAs, Constituencies’ Projects – Minister

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The Federal Government has pledged strict monitoring of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs’) projects, including constituencies’ projects across the country.

Mr Zaphaniah Jisalo, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, said this while unveiling the ministry’s eight priorities strategic plan of 2024 to 2028 on Wednesday in Abuja.

The ministry’s road map is to serve as a guide to enable the ministry to optimally contribute to the successful implementation of the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu.

Jisalo said, ”The plan is not just a document but it is to serve as a proof of the ministry’s dedication to fulfilling the aspirations of Nigerians in terms of execution of projects.

“The constituency projects are given to the members of the national assembly, both senate and the house of representatives.

“They domicile these projects to various MDAs including community projects and these agencies execute these projects for them.

“On our own part as a ministry and as part of our mandates, is to monitor, do evaluation and also certify the payment.

“You know some of the projects are not in our ministry, they are in other ministries, we will collaborate with them to know what the national assemblies are doing. ”

According to him, the renewed hope agenda represents an unwavering commitment to rejuvenate the nation, guided by a set of principles firmly anchored in progress, innovation, and inclusivity.

“It is a vision that looks beyond our current challenges and envisions a Nigeria that thrives economically, socially, politically and environmentally.

“The helm of our responsibilities is the task to effect special assignments as mandated by the president, aimed at fostering grassroots development and effective policy implementation.

“Our duty involves diligent monitoring and authorisation of payments for constituency projects, evaluating policies and projects across government bodies, fostering harmonious relations within the tiers of government and international entities, ” Jisalo explained.

The minister listed the key priority areas of the plan to include; reforming the economy to deliver sustained/inclusive growth and strengthening national security for peace and prosperity.

Others are to boost agriculture to achieve food security, unlock energy and natural resources for sustainable development.

Others, he said, are enhancing infrastructure and transportation as enablers of growth focused on education, health and social investment.

He described them as essential pillars of development, accelerating diversification through digitisation and improving governance for effective service delivery.

In her remark, Mrs Ibiene Roberts, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the plan was imperative as it was the first time the ministry had ever set such an agenda since its establishment.

She said, “Today is a very important day for the ministry as this is the first time the ministry would be having a strategic plan since its creation.

“And perhaps could be among the very few ministries that have developed their sectoral plans in response to Mr President’s directive for all MDAs to align their policies, programmes and projects in line with the priorities of the renewed hope agenda. ”

Also, Mr Chukwugozie Nwachukwu, House Committee Chairman on Intergovernmental Affairs, described the event as steps taken in the right direction by the ministry to better the affairs of Nigerians positively.

He said, “What we are doing today is continuously leveraging in building capacity toward bettering Nigeria for our collective goals and for the entire citizens. ”

He, however, gave assurance that the current minister, being a member of the House of Representative before, would use his wealth of experience to ensure the credibility of projects execution across the country.

The highlights of the event included the launch of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan. (NAN)

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I-G visits Ogun, Approves Area Commands for Ifo, Imeko, Idi-Iroko

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The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Kayode Egbetokun, on Tuesday, began a three-day working visit to Ogun, with an approval for creation of additional area commands in Ifo, Imeko and Idi-Iroko areas of the state.

Reports says that Egbetokun arrived the command’s headquarters at Eleweran in Abeokuta, in the company of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG),  Zone ll, Olatoye Durosimi and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Alamutu.

While addressing  stakeholders and the rank-and-file of the police, Egbetokun charged officers of the command to step up their efforts at  fighting crime in the state.

He, however, called for more support for the police to enable them effectively combat crime in the state.

“I have heard your request for an area command in Ifo and that request is hereby granted.

“We are not, however, going to stop at creating an area command in Ifo, we will also create two area commands in the two border areas of Idi-Iroko and Imeko.

“On the issue of manpower, lack of vehicles and operational logistics for Ogun command, I have whispered to the CP that he should give me the list of all the needs of the command and we are going to pay attention to all of them.

“Whatever that we need to do to stop kidnapping in Ogun state, we are going to do it. The fact that there are few crimes being committed here and there does not affect the peaceful status of Ogun state,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Alamutu noted that Ogun remains one of the safest states in Nigeria in spite of its fair share of security challenges.

Alamutu expressed optimism that  the I-G’s visit would re-energise the officers and men for better service delivery.

He promised that men and officers of the Ogun command would remain loyal and committed to the ideals and vision of the force.

NAN reports that Egbetokun , thereafter,  inaugurated the newly built Main Office,  the Technical Intelligence Unit and the Complaints Unit  within the premises of the command.

The I-G is also expected to visit the four paramount rulers of Egba, Ijebu, Remo and Yewa on his three-day visit to the state. (NAN)

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Abia Govt. Declares War Against Indiscipline, Task Force Enters Streets

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The Abia State Harmonized Task Force (ASHTF), Aba Zone, on Tuesday began the enforcement of the law against street trading, illegal parking, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and environmental nuisance.

The Aba zone team, led by Chief Uche Wogu, the Transitional Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, began the enforcement from Bata Junction down to Aba Main Park.

The enforcement also continued throughout the entire city centre, after two weeks of sensitisation.

Addressing newsmen during the exercise, Chief Wogu said that ASHTF would ensure that all wrong methods of enforcement were eliminated from the system.

“What will change is that nothing will be business as usual as there are massive reorientation of the mentality of the people of this town.

“In the past, you had all sorts of people in the task force doing things recklessly but now, we believe in the rule of law.

“You see people jumping into vehicles, causing accidents and all manner of things. ASHTF has six zones, two in Umuahia, and four in Aba and each zone has Mobile Courts attached to them.

“We have four mobile courts in Aba and when anybody defaults, we would all make use of the mobile courts and the court will issue the penalty charges.

Wogu said that each offence had its penalty and any offence that had a cash payment had to be paid into the single treasury account.

Prince Emmanuel Ahumibe, the Coordinator of ASHTF, Aba Zone-B, has also assured residents that there would be no harassment of any sort.

Ahumibe added that ASHTF was a task force with a difference that would do its job with human face, sensitisation and civil enforcement.

“We will use the mobile courts adequately to ensure that road obstruction, illegal parking, street trading and too many other things were eliminated,” Ahumibe assured. (NAN)

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Naira Appreciation: FCCPC Intensifies Enforcements to Discourage Unfair Price Hike

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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it will intensify monitoring and enforcement in formal and informal markets to ensure that business owners do not unfairly inflate prices.

Dr Adamu Abdullahi, the Acting Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, was reacting to complaints by consumers that in spite of the appreciation of the Naira against the dollar, prices of goods were still increasing.

Abdullahi said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, that the situation was unacceptable, and the Commission was committed to protecting consumers from exploitation.

He said that the operatives of FCCPC would work with trade associations, farmer groups, and other stakeholders to combat price-fixing, and dismantle cartels.

This, according to Abdullahi, will encourage increased competition and ultimately lead to lower prices for consumers.

”The FCCPC understands the significant financial strain these rising prices are placing on Nigerian households. As a result, the Commission is taking proactive steps to addressing this issue.

”While the FCCPC cannot directly regulate prices, the Commission will utilise its existing legal framework to enforce fair competition and consumer protection provisions.

”This includes monitoring and investigating unusual price hikes, addressing complaints filed by consumers, and taking action against any businesses found to be engaging in anti-competitive practices such as price-fixing, price gouging or cartel formation.

”The Commission remains committed to educating consumers about their rights and empowering them to make informed choices.

”We will engage in advocacy and public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about price gouging and other unfair trade practices and provide guidance on how to identify and report such practices.

”We will collaborate with relevant regulatory bodies to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response to anti-competitive practices, price gouging, and other consumer protection issues,” he said.

He encouraged consumers to continue to report suspected price gouging and other unfair trade practices through contact@fccpc.gov.ng.

”Together, we can work towards a more stable, fair, and competitive marketplace for all Nigerians.” (NAN)

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