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Fiscal federalism, restructuring important for good governance- Makinde

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.Urges politicians to emulate good legacies

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has declared that there is a strong link between the trio of fiscal federalism, restructuring and state police and running a government that places the people’s interest first.

The governor stated that it has become imperative for the country to consider the path of constitutional reform to accommodate these ideas if the government would begin to benefit the people.

Governor Makinde stated this on Tuesday, at the International Conference Centre, Ibadan, where he chaired the 85th birthday lecture of a former governor of Osun State and former acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande.

Makinde, who praised Chief Akande for his immense contributions to national development and his service to the old Oyo State, Osun State and the country in different capacities, said it was commendable that people have come together to honour the former governor in his lifetime.

Governor Makinde congratulated Chief Akande, describing him as a political icon and a dogged personality, who left good legacies in different positions he held, including Deputy Governor and Secretary to the State Government in the old Oyo State, among others.

Governor Makinde maintained that holders of political offices should use them for the benefit of the people, stressing that Chief Akande contributed immensely to the democracy being enjoyed in Nigeria through some of his thoughts, which remain relevant to date.

He said: “Baba Akande is, indeed an icon, and, as some of you may already know, he served the Old Oyo State as a Secretary to the State Government and I think in that administration, he also served as a Deputy Governor.

“Baba does not need to know where you stand or where things stand with him. He will say it the way it is and heaven may fall after that. When they were reading Baba’s citation, they said his introduction to national politics was in 1977.

“I read an article published some years ago about a presentation Baba Akande made in 1977 at the Constituent Assembly in Lagos. I will want everybody present here to find the article and read it.

“He raised some key issues affecting our constitution, which are leading to societal inequality. But I would like to highlight a few issues Baba raised, because there is no better time to do that than this occasion of his 85th birthday to talk about some of the ideals he stands for.

“One of his strongest beliefs is that power should be used to benefit the people. In so doing, he advocated for fiscal federalism, restructuring, state police, and others. I also agree that there is a vital link between these three constitutional issues and the ‘people first’ type of governance. For example, our fiscal federalism involves understanding, which government functions should be centralised and which should be decentralised.

“You will agree with me that if some of the functions of the Federal Government are decentralised and put in the purview of the state, the people will begin to spend more time focused on getting their state governors to function more effectively. This is part of the article Baba presented in 1977.

“A case in point is the recent amendment in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, devolving power generation.

“Generation, transmission and distribution are being devolved to the state. So, here in Oyo State, citizens ask why they don’t yet have a state-generating and transmitting power supply. So, it is a shift in focus to the level of government, which is closer to them.

“Also, with restructuring, we can see states devolving powers to local government areas. But what we have right now is the Federal Government directly funding local government areas as if they are answerable directly to the central government. So, these are some of the examples of the things Baba spoke about in 1977.

“Some of you also know that we tried to get state Police and former Governor Gboyega Oyetola and now Minister of Blue Economy was part of the struggle, but we could not and decided to form Amotekun. And Jide [Sanwo-Olu] said he would use the Neighbourhood Watch. That is the beauty of the devolution of power and true federalism.

“For over four decades, Baba Akande has been exposing these issues and it is not too late to take actions that show we are learning from history.”

Governor Makinde equally admonished politicians to always emulate leaders of impeccable characters like Chief Akande, who have left lasting legacies both in actions and thoughts, for the benefits of the people.

He added that one of the best ways to celebrate icons and honour their legacies is by examining their thoughts and implementing such thoughts in a way that will benefit the people.

“Indeed, one of the best ways of celebrating our icons and honouring their legacy is by examining their thoughts and actions and implementing them in a way that will benefit our people.

“I am very happy because when Professor Olu Aina came forward, he said they are already setting up a Foundation in honour of Baba Bisi Akande. Some of us like to set up honour for ourselves.

“So, this is a lesson for us in public positions right now. If you do well, you will see people who will rally around you and ensure that your legacy lives on. May the Almighty God continue to bless and keep Baba for us in good health,” he added.

Also speaking, the Vice-President, Senator Kashim Shettima, who was represented by Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, in his lecture entitled; “The Leadership Question: Prospects For Nigeria”, charged all Nigerians to take responsibility of leadership, as it is a collective effort to move the nation forward.

President Bola Tinubu, who spoke through the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also lauded the effort, remarkable and outstanding contributions of the celebrant, Chief Akande, to democratic governance in the country.

Earlier in his welcome address, the chairman, Board of Trustees, Adebisi Akande Foundation, Emeritus Professor Olu Aina, OFR, said the gathering was to celebrate an acknowledgement of a life dedicated to service, leadership, and unwavering commitment to the betterment of the society.

In his response, the celebrant, Chief Akande, appreciated the honour bestowed on him.

The event had in attendance ministers, governors of the South-West states, former governors, traditional rulers, political stalwarts, captains of industry and top government functionaries in Oyo State, among other dignitaries.

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Sulaimon Olanrewaju

Special Adviser (Media) to Oyo State Governor

CREDIT: Oyo Gov Media

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BVN, NIN requirement: CBN keeps mum as deadline expires

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has kept mum as the deadline for banks to restrict customers’ accounts without a Bank Verification Number or National Identity Number has expired.

DAILY POST recalls that CBN, in a notice on December 1 last year, signed by the Director of Payments System Management Department, Chibuzo Efobi and Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Haruna Mustapha, asked banks to restrict tier-1 accounts or wallets without NIN or BVN.

“For all existing Tier-1 accounts/wallets without BVN or NIN: Effective immediately, any unfunded account/wallet shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’ until the new process is satisfied.

“Effective March 1, 2024, all funded accounts or wallets shall be placed on ‘Post No Debit or Credit’, and no further transactions will be permitted. The BVN or NIN attached to and/or associated with all accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by January 31, 2024”, the statement partly reads.

However, CBN acting spokesperson, Hakama Sidi has yet to respond to calls from DAILY POST on Friday over the fate of banks’ customers without NIN or BVN.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview with DAILY POST, the President of the Bank Customers Association of Nigeria, Dr Uju Ogubunka, appealed to CBN for a deadline extension.

According to him, though many accounts have NIN or BVN, there are still many without the requirement.

“At this point, the best thing for CBN to do is extend the deadline for bank customers to have their NIN or BVN”, he told DAILY POST.

A source who preferred anonymity in a tier-1 bank told DAILY POST that no customer account had been restricted owing to the NIN or BVN requirement.

“At the moment, no customers’ accounts have been restricted. Customers in the last three days have trooped in to update their account”, he said.

DAILY POST reported that bank customers were in a last-minute rush to meet the NIN and BVN requirement deadlines as they besieged their respective banks.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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Gov Mbah signs New Enugu City, ENSIEC bills into law

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On Friday, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State officially approved the New Enugu City Development Agency Bill, the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Bill, and the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIC) Amendment Bill, turning them into law. The signing ceremony, witnessed by Enugu State House of Assembly Speaker Uchenna Ugwu at the Government House in Enugu, marked significant steps in the state’s governance.

Governor Mbah clarified the purposes of these laws during the signing event. He highlighted that the New Enugu City Development Agency Law grants administrative authority to oversee the development of a new city master plan, aimed at accommodating both present and future generations. The Enugu State Geographical Information System Service Law, on the other hand, focuses on automating and digitizing processes for service delivery, beginning with land-related matters.

Regarding the ENSIEC Amendment Law, Governor Mbah noted its alignment with constitutional amendments concerning electoral bodies, ensuring compliance with the evolving legal framework.

Explaining the rationale behind the New Enugu City Development Agency, Mbah emphasized the government’s forward-thinking approach to governance, addressing the need for urban expansion to accommodate the growing population. He underscored the significance of having a master plan for future generations to prevent urban congestion.

Furthermore, Mbah elaborated on the Enugu State Geographical Information System Service, emphasizing its role in fulfilling the administration’s promise to streamline land administration processes and provide efficient services. He highlighted the agency’s mandate to manage property information systems and facilitate digital platforms for accessing services and making payments.

Governor Mbah expressed gratitude to the State House of Assembly for their support and swift passage of these executive bills, acknowledging the importance of collaboration in driving the state’s development agenda forward. He emphasized that progress and success hinge on the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including the legislature.

In conclusion, Governor Mbah affirmed his administration’s commitment to fulfilling its promises and leveraging legislative support to enhance governance and service delivery in Enugu State.

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Tinubu’s presidency not by chance – Shettima

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Vice President Kashim Shettima asserts that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s rise to the presidency is not coincidental but a divine blessing due to the sincerity of his character. Shettima made these remarks during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) delegation at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

“The path leading to Tinubu’s presidency wasn’t accidental. He is known for his consistent sacrifices for the nation’s welfare. His success is viewed as a divine reward for his genuine intentions,” Shettima stated.

He stressed the importance of leaders fostering unity, highlighting Tinubu’s significant role in offering an alternative political platform within Nigeria’s system.

“Tinubu has made sacrifices and facilitated unity. He provided a haven for those facing political persecution and offered an alternative platform when others struggled for recognition,” Shettima elaborated.

Shettima urged Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu’s leadership, emphasizing that his presidency is not a coincidence but a deliberate journey towards national success.

He also charged the newly appointed NCPC Board to demonstrate unwavering commitment to their duties and reminded them of the importance of religious dedication in addressing national challenges.

“All of you were selected based on your religious commitment. We cannot overlook the issues within our system. It’s essential for all of us to strive for positive change to achieve the Nigeria we envision,” he concluded.

Previously, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for the opportunity to serve on the board and praised Vice President Shettima’s outstanding leadership, citing his support for the Church and peace efforts in Borno State.

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