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Cross Rivers Government upset over abandoned equipments by the Federal Government at the State

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The Cross River Government and the Federal Government are at different turns because of the refusal to grant the state  waivers to clear its  sports equipment abandoned at the Onne Port in Rivers State since 2014.

The pieces of equipment, which were ordered by Henley Brecon and Mayfield Limited for the construction of the multi-purpose indoor sports hall at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar, are said to be worth  over N400m.

It was learnt that the state government could not clear the goods from the port  then due to high customs duties.

It was learnt that the equipment has  incurred huge demurrage, forcing the state government to mount pressure on the Federal Government for waivers.

The chairman of the state sports commission, Orok Duke, insisted that  that Cross River deserved to be granted waivers by the Federal Government because of its contribution to sports development in the country.

Source; (  Punch Newspaper )

 He said the state  had been  sponsoring athletes to represent Nigeria at tournaments.

The sports chief  said, “There are several containers at the Onne Port waiting to be cleared. I do not have an idea of the exact cost. The Federal Government has  not granted us waivers.

“The Cross River State Government gave  the  athletics federation N250m to host  athletics meetings  for five years.

“They (sports ministry)  sent us to  Egypt and Germany to represent the country from our  pocket. This is outside the just-concluded tennis competition in Morocco. If you add up, we  deserve waivers.”

He added, “Our relationship is futuristic and reciprocal. Now that we have been  helping them  to sponsor events,  isn’t it enough to extract enough conviction to consider us? Usually, they are granting waivers to companies.

“What we are saying is that we have proved  ourselves.

“During the All Africa Games in Abuja (in 2003), limousines were brought (into the country)  under sports. If we have issues regarding certain things concerning  our sports development, we want their support. Not a threat.”

The Chairman of Henley Brecon and Mayfield Limited, Mr. Ozolua Giwa-Amu, the contractor handling the indoor sports hall project,  had said during an earlier interview with our correspondent that the state had  over 100 containers  at the Onne Port.

“Those materials are stocked at Onne Port in Rivers State. We have written to the  administration of Governor Ben Ayade telling them that we are incurring demurrage,” he had told our correspondent.

“We have completely finished the foundation, all we needed at this stage is to put up the steel structure and the roof. Over 100 containers are left in Onne.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm
Buhari To Make National Broadcast At 7pm

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday evening, following the escalation of violence in different parts of the country.

“Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, Buhari will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm,” President Buhari’s media adviser Femi Adesina said.

“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast,” says Femi Adesina who is Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Lagos and most of Nigeria has been overrun by arsonists and hoodlums since soldiers opened live rounds on peaceful protesters on October 20, 2020.

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End SARS: Gen. John Enenche Reacts To Lekki Toll Gate Shootings

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End SARS: Gen. John Enenche Reacts To Lekki Toll Gate Shootings
John Eneche

John Eneche

Major General John Eneche, the Nigerian defence director of information, has said that the reports about soldiers shooting #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday are mere ‘allegations.’

Eneche said this during a media briefing in Abuja, where he also mentioned that the analysis of the shooting and video evidence available suggest that they may have been photoshopped.

In his words;

“I even got analysts. People that have analysed the various videos that were cropped and photoshopped put together. If not that I’m not permitted, I could have forwarded it to your Instagram”, he said.

Eneche added that he is not permitted to speak further on the incident so as not to compromise the outcome of the findings by the Commission of Enquiry already constituted by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

In his words;

“We are dealing with major operations, anything outside this is what is called Operation MENSA, I may not want to go too much into Operation MENSA because it is not a major operation. We have nine Operations and other subsidiary Operations which I have been directed to focus.

“Operation MENSA is strictly under the policy directive of the various states we have them all over the country and it is the oldest of all Operations. For this Operation you have the Military, Navy Air Force, Civil Defence and the Police put together. So these Operations are still standing and running and I am aware that the state governments are using them in all these capacities, that is internal security, the level we are now is internal security and that is why the Police proactively came out and then deployed all their Force package that are necessary to handle that so that is where we are. So if there was anything and if it is true, why am I saying if it is true because up to this morning, I even called analysts who have analyzed videos that were photoshopped and put together, if not that I am not permitted, I would have forwarded it to you.

“The issue is not an operation that I can respond to. But I can tell you that it is an allegation for now, so let us not set the cart before the horse. If the matter was still open-ended I would have had I response for you but it is no longer open-ended, because immediately, not even up to five hours, before midnight the Governor of Lagos set up an Inquiry, so whatever we say now will not be fair to the Commission.”

Read Also: Sanwo-Olu Confirms Lekki Toll Gate CCTV Still Intact

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Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely

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Ekiti Extends Curfew Indefinitely

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Amidst the continued violence across the country, Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has approved the extension of the 24-hour curfew in Ekiti State indefinitely.

The curfew was declared on Tuesday evening following reported cases of violence in Ado Ekiti as hoodlums allegedly the peaceful protest by EndSARS protesters.

The initial curfew lapsed on Wednesday night by 10 pm.

Also Read: “I don’t care about #EndSARS”- Edo state deputy governor’s son slams protesters

However, on Thursday morning, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Akin Omole, announced that the curfew still continues in every part of the state until further notice.

It reads: “The general public is hereby alerted that the 24-hour curfew announced by the State Government is still in place in all parts of the state until further notice.

“Government appreciates the cooperation of all citizens of the state in obeying the curfew and ensuring that peace returns to the state.”

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