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Speaker Orders Investigation Into Delayed Relocation Of Apo Traders



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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas has instructed the yet-to-be-constituted House Committee on Public Petition to initiate a comprehensive investigation into the extensive delay by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) in signing the lease agreement for the relocation of the renowned Apo traders and mechanics to their proposed permanent site in Waru. 

This delay has persisted for an astounding 13 years.

The Speakers directive followed a formal presentation of a petition on the said failed land deal by the deputy Chairman House Adhoc Committee on media and publicity Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Ikeagwuonu on Tuesday on the floor of the house on behalf of the Apo trades Association.  

Presenting the petition Hon. Ugochinere who represents Ideato North and South federal constituency  said “Mr speaker Sir I have a petition by the Apo trades Association seeking the intervention of the House regarding their unfair, unjustice and incessant relocation from one place to another in Abuja.

“And the refusal of the Federal Capital Development Authority ( FCDA) to grant them the right to permanent site after several years of application and necessary payment made. “ 

The presentation of the said petition is coming barely 24 hours after Hon Ugochinyere led six other members of the House from South East to Apo Mechanic village of the Apo traders.

Others on the visit to Apo on Monday  Honorable Nkem Kama representing Ivo Federal Constituency, Hon Tochi Okere Representing Owerri Federal Constituency, Hon Peter Ani Ekwe Representing Anambra West and East Constituency, Honorable Obi Aguocha, representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North and South, Hon Matthew Nwogu Representing Aboh ,Mbaise, Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency.

The  traders, under the umbrella, Apo Traders Association, have made a passionate appeal to the Green chamber to come to their rescue. The traders, speaking through the leader, Chief Chimezie Ifeh, at a meeting with South East Federal lawmakers, led by 

the member representing Ideato Federal Constituency, on Monday, said they have fulfilled every condition for the land.

Ifeh explained that after the land was allotted to them by former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, they paid for the survey of the site and fulfilled every other occasion, yet the FCDA authorities have refused to sign the agreement. 

He lamented that despite the mililons of naira they have invested in the new site, the government was yet to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them.  Consequently, the market leader said his members have been compelled to trading on the road corridor, with the attendant risks. 

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June 12: ALGON Chairman, Jauro Appreciates Gov Kefas For Transparent Governance 




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By Our Reporter

The Executive Chairman of Jalingo Local Government Council and ALGON Chairman in Taraba State, Animu Jauro Hassan on behalf of the council extended their heartfelt congratulations to Governor Agbu Kefas on the occasion of Democracy Day.

In a statement signed and released to newsmen in Jalingo on Wednesday, Hassan said the leadership of Governor Kefas has been a beacon of hope and progress for the people of the state.

He maintained that Kefas’s commitment to democracy and the well-being of his people has brought about significant advancements in various sectors, fostering growth and development across the state.

The statement continues to say “As we celebrate Democracy Day, we reflect on the values of freedom, justice, and equality that underpin our society.

“Your dedication to upholding these values through transparent governance, inclusive policies, and community-driven initiatives is commendable and inspiring,” it praised Kefas.

According to the statement, under Governor Kefas’s stewardship, Taraba State has witnessed remarkable achievements in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and economic development. 

Additionally, the statement noted that Kefas’s vision for a prosperous and harmonious state has galvanized efforts toward sustainable development and improved the quality of life for all citizens.

“On this day, we honor not only the spirit of democracy but also visionary leaders like you who work tirelessly to ensure that democracy thrives in our beloved state. 

“May your tenure continue to bring peace, prosperity, and progress to Taraba State, and may your leadership serve as a model for democratic governance across Nigeria,” it prayed for the Governor.

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CCNE Congratulates President Tinubu, Urges Him To Improve On Security, Economy 




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By Sani Yarima 

The Concerned Citizens of the North East (CCNE) has extended its warm congratulations to President Bola Tinubu on his first anniversary in office. 

This milestone marks a significant point in Nigeria’s democratic journey, and the CCNE commends the President for his leadership thus far.

In a statement issued by Lawrence Bilal Audu, Director of Corporate Communications, the CCNE urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to intensify efforts in addressing the pressing issues of bad governance in local government areas.

The organization emphasized the need for the government to prioritize the welfare and well-being of citizens at the grassroots level, ensuring that the dividends of democracy are equitably distributed.

The CCNE also called on the government to redouble its efforts in tackling the challenges of security and economic development. 

The organization stressed that the nation’s progress is contingent upon the safety and prosperity of its citizens and implored the government to implement policies and programs that promote sustainable economic growth and ensure the security of lives and properties.

Expressing optimism in the Tinubu-led APC government’s ability to overcome current challenges, the CCNE believes that with renewed commitment and dedication, Nigeria can be propelled towards a brighter future. 

The organization once again congratulated President Tinubu on this milestone and looks forward to seeing more progress in the years ahead.

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Kurmi LGC Boss Urges Ethnic Groups To Embrace Peace, Assures Ending Conflict In Taraba




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By Alexander Akumaior

The two warring tribes, Ichen and Chamba Dakka in Bissaula, Kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State, have been advised to let go of bitterness and embrace each other for the sake of peace and development.

The Chairman of Kurmi Local Government Council, Moses Maihankali advised in an interview in Jalingo. 

He said the reconciliation process is ongoing to bring the two warring parties together to foster permanent peace and stability in the community. 

Maihankali stated that his administration is committed to supporting Governor Agbu Kefes’s five-point agenda to ensure the peace and security of the citizens.

The chairman said that even though he inherited the long-standing communal crises, he assured that he would explore all necessary strategies to establish lasting peace and stability between the two tribes. 

He revealed that he had already held separate reconciliatory meetings with the Chamba Dakka and the Ichen communities to discuss the need to reconcile the two ethnic groups for peace and unity. 

Moses Maihankali explained that these discussions have yielded positive results and plans are underway to invite the groups to Baissa to bring both parties together for reconciliation. 

This will be followed by warm receptions and celebrations before facilitating their official relocation to the Bissaula community for the final settlement in their homes.

He noted that following the displacement of people from the community, bandits took advantage of the area to carry out nefarious activities, but said the situation had been brought under control. 

The chairman called on the warring residents to forgive one another and forget the past to complement Governor Agbu Kefes’s peace initiative and allow development to thrive.

It should be recalled that the prolonged crises in Bissaula, which displaced the entire community for about three years, started as a result of the chieftaincy tussle between Ichen and the Chamba Dakka.

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