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NASS Assures Justice For Victims Of Alleged SARS Abuses – Lawan



NASS Assures Justice For Victims Of Alleged SARS Abuses – Lawan

The President of Senate, Ahmed Lawan, says the National Assembly (NASS) would ensure justice for victims of alleged abuses by the personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Lawan announced this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

He said the NASS would also ensure that the government fulfills the commitment it has made to the youths agitating for police reform and good governance.

I want to re-assure our youths that the NASS will collaborate with the Executives to ensure justice for victims of misconduct and rights abuses by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police.

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In the same vein, to discourage impunity, we will insist that the perpetrators of the alleged abuses be prosecuted and sanctioned as appropriate.

“We will also work with the Executive to ensure that the five-point demands of the #ENDSARS protesters, which the government has committed itself to, are fully implemented.

“In the unfortunate hijack of the protests, hoodlums unleashed horrifying violence, arson, looting and wanton destruction of public and private property in the country,’’ the statement read in part.

According to Lawan, NASS is fully committed to putting the necessary legislation in place for comprehensive reform of the Police to enhance their institutional integrity and efficiency.

As we seek a path out of this regrettable crisis, my heart goes out to the victims of the reprehensible violence and criminality witnessed in the last few days in many parts of the country.

“I send my condolences to the families of our security and law enforcement agents who have made the supreme sacrifices in the course of their service to their fatherland.

“I call for a thorough investigation of every criminal act that we have witnessed in the past few weeks with a view to bringing to justice all those elements that have callously destroyed public and private properties.’’

The president of the senate also urged the youths, across the country, to join hands with the authorities in bringing an urgent cessation to the violence.

“I call on our patriotic youths to leave the streets as the government has heard their voices and addressing their grievances to avoid unwittingly providing covers for the criminals and fifth columnists in our midst.’’

On those criminal elements unleashing terror on our cities under the guise of the protest, Lawal urged the security agencies to restore law and order across the country and bring the criminals to justice.

In restoring law and order, he charged the security agencies to do it with the utmost restraint.

“While still grappling with the havoc of COVID-19, the country can ill afford yet another epidemic that has now appeared in the form of the lawlessness that is going on.

“I thank all Nigerian leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians for their interventions towards restoring peace and order after the unfortunate degeneration of the protest into chaos and brigandage in many parts of the country.

“In particular, I thank all Nigerians for their patience and understanding in this trying moment in our dear country.

“I thank you all for your wise counsel to the protesting youths to embrace peace and for the government to be open and sincere in addressing the issues that the youths have raised so clearly,’’ Lawal said.



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Ganduje, Fashola, Julius Berger Meet Over Abuja-Kano Road



Ganduje, Fashola, Julius Berger Meet Over Abuja-Kano Road

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje uneased about the Abuja-Kano road construction pace, has petitioned stakeholders to support contractors.

Ganduje has asked that Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, continue with the construction on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road.

Alteration has been made to the scope of work for the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road by Adhoc rehabilitation of broken segments to comprehensive reconstruction by the client, the Federal Government.

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This was made known in a presentation made by Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, Managing Director of the contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, in a meeting at the Kaduna State University-Main auditorium in Kaduna.

Richer said that the work scope has been broken into three sections;

Section 1 stretches at 165.5km from Abuja to Kaduna; Section 2 comprising a length of 73.4km from Kaduna to Zaria; and Section 3 with a distance of 137.0km from Zaria to Kano.

“The construction work is simultaneously going on all three sections of the road,” he said.

“The A2 Highway is one of the most important highways, running from North to South through densely populated areas and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road is a critical part of this highway system, and therefore played a great role in industrial growth and socio-economic development”

Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Babatunde Fashola, Haija Zainab Ahmed, and a team of journalist had taken an inspection tour by road to view the ongoing going work first hand before the meeting.

Engr. Richter briefed the stakeholders on the technical nature of the ongoing work.

On his own part, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola,  Nigeria’s Minister of Works and Housing, restated the dedication of the Federal Government to complete the ongoing reconstruction of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road.

Fashola emphasized that President Buhari is more passionate about the successful completion and commissioning of the road as well as other priority projects of his administration.

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Nigeria Needs N1tn To Make National Grid Stable



Nigeria Needs N1tn To Make National Grid Stable

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has revealed that the nation needs about N1 trillion to make the national grid stable, the Transmission Service Provider of on Wednesday.

TCN’s Executive Director, Victor Adewumi stated this at the 52nd Power Dialogue of the Nigeria Electricity Hub.

He stressed that the $1.6bn which the transmission company was getting from international agencies would not be enough to stablilise the grid.

Adewumi noted that “for the project that TCN is financing internally, relying on our IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) and the Federal Government budget system, TCN requires nothing less than N600bn.

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“So when you look at the total, you will be talking about N1tn. This is a huge sum of money and if you look at it critically, there is no way that even the Federal Government can provide this kind of fund.”

Adding that “with the current kind of fund that is entering TCN, there is no way TCN can embark on that.

He explained that it “is because the Discos are not giving us the required money; we are getting less than 60 percent of TCN tariff.”

He said investors were wooed to fund some of the projects in TCN, as it is an investment which they would gain in due time.

“So the alternative way is to look at project financing, where those who have the money can come to TCN and finance probably the transmission lines and then look at the cost of energy to be wheeled on that line, spread it over a period of time and then get their money back.”


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Police Promotes 82,779 Junior Officers



Police Promotes 82,779 Junior Officers

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohmammed Adamu,  has approved the promotion of eighty-two thousand, seven hundred and seventy nine (82,779) junior police officers.

The promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants and 8,431 Constables to Corporal, is part of the on-going efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the Force for greater efficiency.

Also promoted are 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the #EndSARS riots – 16 got special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the #EndSARS protests were equally specially promoted.

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Mr. Adamu, while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling.

Adamu enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen.

He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some #EndSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.


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