Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta



The immediate past President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mosimi Depot, Ogun State, Mr. Dele Tajudeen, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to remove fuel subsidy in order to force down the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol.

He said this in Sagamu, Ogun State, at his filling station, one of the points in which a litre of kerosene was sold for N50 on Monday.

The ex-IPMAN boss noted that if the government removed fuel subsidy and regulate the price at which the major oil dealers sold to other independent marketers, this would bring down the price of a litre of the PMS.

He added that if the 8th National Assembly hasten work on the Petroleum Industry Bill and pass it into law, it would go a long way to sanitise the petroleum industry and eliminate the cabal that were benefitting from the so-called subsidy.He said, “Who would have thought that a litre of kerosene could sell for N50. It used to be between N100 and N150 per litre.

“But I got the 33,000 litres supply of kerosene directly from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mosimi, at a regulated price; that’s why I can sell at N50 per litre.

“It is also possible for the Federal Government to bring down the price of the Premium Motor Spirit from the current N87 per litre.

“The first thing the government should do is to remove the subsidy on fuel, because the so-called subsidy is going into some private pockets. Then, it (government) should regulate the price at which major petroleum dealers should sell the product to other independent marketers. Read More →

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Hon Dauda Kako – Are represents Mushin 1 federal constituency in the House of Representatives. He has a commanding presence in the politics of the South–west, going by his political mettle over the years.Kako-Are

in this interview, the quiet and unassum­ing politician who jettisoned the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) to win another term on the platform of the Accord Party speaks on Contemporary national issues. Excerpts:

What is your impression of the Bu­hari administration?

Well, so far, so good, what he has succeeded in doing is to let people have attitudinal change. We now have electricity more than before. It’s all because of attitude. A lot of people know he is a no-nonsense man and they don’t want to lose their jobs so they have to change. So, I think what he has done is to send a signal to people that they have to be on their toes or else they will be shown the way out. We should give that to him. A lot of improvement has taken place because they know his attitude and they know his character. Overall, so far, so good.

What is your take on his anti-corrup­tion campaign? Read More →

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By Fred Itua, Abuja


•Lawmakers divided

Protagonists and antagonists of pay cut for senators and members of the House of Representatives are yet to echo ‘uhuru’ even as the chairman of ‎Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC)‎, Mr. Elias Mbam‎ gave an indication recently that no Nigerian lawmaker should earn more than N1 million. Nerves might have been calmed by the pronouncement, but the bone of contention surrounding other allowances of federal lawmakers are yet to be resolved.lawan-n-saraki

‎The fireworks surrounding the alleged jumbo pay for federal lawmakers did not start today. Many key observers and interest groups echoed it ‎in the past, but the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and current Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi gave an impetus to the national outcry in 2010 when he told Nigerians that the cost of running the National Assembly constituted 25 per cent of the overhead of the Federal Government budget‎.

Former minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili added salt to injury when she alleged in 2013 that the federal legislature was a drain on the country’s national purse. She had stated that the National Assembly had between 2005 and 2013 received over N1 trillion.‎ Ezekwesili had further revealed that in 2005 and 2006, the National Assembly was allocated N54.79 billion respectively, but the amount rose to N158 billion in 2010 and that the allocation had been steady at N150 billion since 2011.‎ Read More →

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Amidst controversies, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Petitions last week, commenced the probe of alleged huge fraud, bordering on unremitted recoveries and diversion of recovered assets by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). GEORGE OJI reports.SARAKI-AND-LAMORDE

On the strength of a petition sent to it by one George Uboh, the Chief Executive Officer of Panic Alert Security Systems, a financial recovery and security firm, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Petition slated last Wednesday, August 26 to commence a public hearing on some allegations leveled against the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde.

The petition by Uboh was dated July 31, 2015 and submitted to the committee, shortly after the senate proceeded on its annual vacation, which will end on September 29. Read More →

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The Kogi State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lokoja Kogi State has fixed Monday August 31 for a ruling in a two applications filed by the counsel of Dino Melaiye in a petition filed against him by Senator Smart Adeyemi against Malaiye the declared winner of the March 28 National Assembly election.

The Counsel to Senator Dino Melaiye, Mr Ayo Ogunleye has filed application to clarify whether party primary is a pre- or post election matter He is also raised technical issues on the re- counted votes in the disputed 21 polling units of Lokoja council area of the state.

The Chairman of tribunal Justice Akinniyi Akintola after listening to both counsels of petitioner and respondent however fixed the ruling on two applications for Monday August 31. It would be recalled that Smart Adeyemi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Dino Melaiye of the All Progressive Congress ( APC)’are both candidates for the Kogi West Senatorial Districts of March 28 National Assembly election. Read More →

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Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s order directing the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to address public outcry over huge salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly, the chairman of the commission, Elias Mbam, said on Tuesday that Senators and members of the House of Representatives will earn less than N1 million by the end of next month.Buhari-Talking

Speaking at the State House after Mr. Mbam made presentation on the activities and challenges of the commission, President Buhari chided the RMAFC for approving excessive remunerations for some political office holders, and urged the commission to seek a proper interpretation of its powers and address the public outcry against the unreasonably high payments.senators-hor

President Buhari also warned that severe sanctions will be visited on any individual or organisation that violates the directive on the payment of all national revenue into the Federation Account.President Buhari spoke a week after PREMIUM TIMES published details of the federal lawmakers’ salaries and allowances, a publication that sparked widespread public anger against the lawmakers, with many calling a drastic cut.What-Lawmakers-will-Earn

But in his response to reporters’ questions after meeting the president, the RMAFC boss said the commission had been working on the review of the salaries and allowances of the political office holders at National Assembly, the State Assemblies and Local Governments, adding that the review also covers the Judiciary.

Mr. Mbam said the review, which according to him is still going through a process and expected to be ready by next month, is expected to reflect the economic realities of the day occasioned by the drop in oil prices.

“We are currently reviewing the subsisting remuneration packages and it is going to reflect the socio-economic realities of today. We expect that before the end of next month, it will be ready. But it will go through a process, it is not something that you will just say yes or no,” he said.

According to Mr. Mbam, “no member of the National Assembly should earn up to N1million per month” and that the Senators and Members of the House of Representatives have no option but to abide by the commission’s new wage formula.What-Lawmakers-will-Earn-2

“They do not have a choice. We are guided by the constitution and we are going to be guided by such laws that are provided for in the constitution and the oath they swore to obey,” he said.

According to him, President Buhari advised that they use all legitimate means to ensure that all public office holders’ emoluments comply with those approved by the commission and “ensure that leakages are blocked.”

As part of the challenges faced by the commission, Mr. Mbam said the commission was not properly funded as it should be one of the agencies of government that should have financial autonomy.

“The best way to do that is to include it as one of the agencies that will benefit from first line charge,” he said.What-Lawmakers-will-Earn-3

The second challenge, he said is lack of power of enforcement. He therefore demanded a review of the Act establishing the commission so that it can have power of enforcement and sanctions on any of the defaulting MDAs.

Mr. Mbam said the review of of salaries and allowances had been on since last year, noting that it had become imperative to conclude it following the drop in oil prices and the financial constraint which had degenerated to states been unable to pay salaries of staff.

“These are some of the issues that made the review necessary. It did not start with this administration, we started the review as far back as last year. It is not because of the present administration that we commenced it,” he said. Read More →

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The Nigerian Senate Leader, Sen. Ali Dume, said on Sunday that the senate would introduce e-legislation to engender “robust and effective debates’’ at the National Assembly.Senate-Chamber

Ndume told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that electronic legislation was part of the initiative of the new leadership to make the National Assembly more vibrant.

“We are trying to make this National Assembly different from the previous assemblies by introducing reforms and accountable leadership.”

He said that the present senate had unfolded some legislative agenda at the beginning to set out its goals and objectives.

“We started by unfolding a legislative agenda, which clearly spelt out what Nigerians should expect from us, the essence is to make the National Assembly more vibrant. Read More →

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