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Oyo Govt. Approves N9.3bn For Purchase Of 106 Mass Transit Buses

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Oyo govt. approves N9.3bn For Purchase Of 106 Mass Transit Buses
Gov. Seyi Makinde, Oyo State

The Oyo State government says it has approved N9.3 billion for the purchase of 106 new buses for mass transit service in the state.

The state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Seun Fakorede, stated this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 29th weekly state executive council meeting, on Wednesday in Ibadan.

Fakorede, who said that the approval was part of the resolutions reached the meeting, stressed that transportation was a vital factor in the socio-economic development of any nation.

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He added that the development of intercity transportation in the state would greatly assist the mobility of the populace and boost the state’s economy.

The commissioner said that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme, as a major transportation system, had been accepted in some cities across the country over the years.

He said that the Pacesetter Transit Scheme was the replica of the BRT system in the state.

Fakorede said that a transport audit conducted revealed that there were limited numbers of functional buses providing services to the people of the state.

He said that the approval for the purchase of the buses would augment the ones already on the ground.

Also, the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Adeniyi Farinto, said that the state executive council also approved N69 million for the rehabilitation of two link roads in the Akobo area of Ibadan.

He said that the project would be executed through direct labor by the Oyo State Transport and Road Management Agency (OYSTROMA).

According to Farinto, the project will be completed within two months.

 

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10m Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10Mn Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has honored three policemen who died in the course of their duties in the state with N30 million.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, presented three individual beneficiary cheques of N10 million each to the bereaved families at the Government House, Alausa-Ikeja.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Media Director, Rapid Respond Squad [RRS], Mr. Taofiq Adebayo.

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The three beneficiary families include late Insp. Ajibola Gafari, PC Olufemi Richards of the RRS, and ASP Omisore Olamide of Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit).

The governor,  who empathized with the affected families, described the monetary support as a token and the government’s effort at comforting affected families.

He pointed out that no amount of financial gift could make up for the lost lives and the gallantry of the fallen Patriots.

He appreciated the gallantry of the deceased operatives, reassuring the families and Lagos residents of the government’s commitment to always work for the good and well-being of the masses.

A son of one of the deceased, Mr. Olufemi Odeniyi, who spoke on behalf of the three families, expressed appreciation to Governor Sanwo-Olu for the money, describing it as a lifeline.

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption
Tanko Al-Makura

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited former Governor of Nasarawa State and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura, and his wife, Mairo, over alleged corruption.

A source at the commission disclosed this to Newsmen on Wednesday evening.

As of the time of filing this report, the couple was being grilled by operatives of the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in Abuja.

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The source did not give details of the allegation against the ex-governor and his wife.

Spokesperson of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren when contacted declined to comment on the couple’s arrest.

Al-Makura was the Governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected as Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State

The Supreme Court on Wednesday in a split judgment of four-to-three upheld the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oct. 10, 2020 governorship election.

In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it was incompetent.

Justice Agim upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, that the petition filed by Jegede and his party at the election tribunal was incompetent because they failed to include the Yobe Governor and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the APC, Mai Mala-Buni as a party.

READ ALSO: Ondo Guber: Jegede Advances Supreme Court Over Appeal Court Verdict

In the minority judgment read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, the court upheld the appeal and dismiss the cross-appeal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akeredolu, and the APC.

Odili and two other members of the panel were of the view that since the APC, for which Buni acted, was a party in the case, there was no need to include him as a party.

The main appeal was filed by the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede against Akeredolu, challenging the competence of APC’s sponsorship of Akeredolu for the election. 

Jegede approached the electoral petitions tribunal praying that the declaration of Akeredolu as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be set aside.

He also prayed the apex court to declare him the winner on grounds that the emergence of the APC candidate breached the nation’s constitution.

On July 16, the Court of Appeal led by Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua had dismissed the petition filed by Jegede while affirming Akeredolu as the winner of the poll.

In its verdict, the Appeal Court had out of 7 issues raised for determination resolved four and a half in favor of Jegede and the rest two and a half in favor of Akeredolu.

Not satisfied with the decision of the Appellate Court, both Akeredolu, Jegede, and INEC approached the Supreme Court for the invalidation of both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Court.

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