The nation’s transport sector is set to receive a boost with the approval of eight bills at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.
The council also ratified the National Policy on Staple Crops Processing Zones and National Agency for the Great Green Wall Bill for the agriculture and environment sectors.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, coordinated the post-council briefing that was addressed by the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Lawrecia Mallam; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga; Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwunmi Adesina; and the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar.
According to the presidential spokesman, FEC had directed the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Muhammed Adoke (SAN), to forward the approved bills to the National Assembly for enactment into law.
The bills include the National Transport Commission Bill (2015); National Roads Fund Bill; Federal Roads Authority Bill; Nigeria Ports and Harbour Authority Bill (2015); National Inland Waterways Authority Bill (2015); Nigeria Railway Authority Bill (2015) as well as the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill.
Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, who was said to have pioneered the sheeting up of a staple crops processing zone in his state, also joined the ministers in briefing State House Correspondents.
He said 15 hectares of land had already been provided in Alape, Kabba Bunu Local Government Area of the state.
Wada added that the project was expected to provide about 10 job opportunities for people of the state.
Speaking on the Great Green Wall Project, the Minister of Environment said it will cover 11 frontline states in the northern part of the country.
Aganga described the approved bills as “game changers”, adding that they are priority bills of the economy.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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