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JOMSAN seeks collaboration to end multiple taxation on federal highways

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The Joint Mobile Sanitation Agency of Nigeria (JOMSAN), has called on the Federal, States, the Local Governments, and the Security Agencies to join the fight against multiple taxation and the blocking of federal highways by miscreants under the guise of collecting government revenue.

JOMSAN President, Dr. Nnamdi Ogbogbo, made the appeal in Abuja during an event to unveil the ALGON Seal for the year 2022.

He said that for the country’s ease of doing business ranking to be improved, the government needs to create an enabling environment for investors and businesses to thrive by curbing every form of multiple taxations.

Ogbogbo said that the practice whereby federal highways are blocked by miscreants under the guise of collecting government revenue has negatively impacted on the ease of doing business in Nigeria, which must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.

“The aim of this occasion is to unveil ALGON SEAL for the year 2022 and to carry out the National Assembly directive to ALGON/NULGE as regards the menace of multiple taxation, caused by the unwarranted and unlawful blocking of our highways by all and sundry in the name of government revenue.

“For the country’s ease of doing business ranking to be improved, Government needs to create an enabling environment for investors.

“Government should reduce taxation on companies, boost electricity which is an important commodity because without electricity how would companies function effectively and also improve on our transportation systems.
“Without the necessary prerequisite, Nigeria’s ease of doing business rank would remain in the same range.

“We are hereby calling on Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Bank of Industry, the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA), the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and other private sector groups to sustain the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“It is in the light of the above that the Joint Mobile Sanitation Agency of Nigeria, a government approved NGO is calling on the Federal, States, the Local Governments, Security Agencies, the Nigeria Police, the DSS, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Nigeria Customs Service to join us in this war against multiple taxation and the blocking of federal highways in order to bring back sanity to our roads to ensure the ease of doing business in our country.

“The practice of stopping vehicles on the road in order to sell unapproved and fake clearance certificates will henceforth be a thing of the past. The use of unauthorized associations to certify local government permits must also come to an end.

“I am therefore appealing to the government, the police, drivers’ unions, members of JOMSAN and the general public for understanding and support to enable us ensure that we record huge success.

“In this regard, we are calling on the federal and state governments to assist us in this battle with the necessary logistics and funding if we are to effectively carry out the directive of the National Assembly and ALGON/NULGE to eradicate multiple taxation and stop all illegal road blocks and bring uniformity among all 774 local government revenue contractors in the Mobile Advert Industry.” Igbogbo said

Speaking further, he pledged his commitment to prioritizing the welfare of JOMSAN members, just as he advised the members to always approach client with civility as anyone found to flout the directive will face serious sanction.

“In the area of welfare of members, I will ensure that they are well remunerated by the local governments they work for and that they get the best competitive prices from their clients. I will also ensure that members get health and death insurance while they are members of this body.
“The welfare of our members will be paramount in my dispensation, I will make no mistake about that. I assure everyone of our members that I will not compromise or play politics with their welfare.

“In the area of discipline of members, I would like to stress that members should be civil in their approach to clients, drivers and the general public. They should go about their business with utmost decorum and should be seen to be well dressed at all times.” They must eschew fighting and quarrelling and ensure that disagreements end in dialogue. The penalty for flouting any of these directives is suspension or expulsion from the organization.” He said

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CUPP scribe describes Lagos-Calabar highway contract as highway of fraud

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**Says N3000 toll fee is exorbitant

The General Secretary, Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Peter Ameh has aligned with the ascertion of Former vice president Atiku Abubakar that Lagos Calabar highway contract as high way to rob the Nigerian people.
The CUPP scribe said it is high way to fraud saying that the cloud hovering over the award of the contract have all the trappings of corruption and abuse of power
In a statement he issued in Abuja on Friday Mr. Ameh said the process lacks transparency and due process, as the contract was awarded without proper oversight and competitive bidding process.
According to him, the cost of building the road per kilometer is outrageous and unacceptable.
“We are already worried that due process was not followed in both the selection and award of the contract for the project.”
He said, the intention of Federal government that vehicles would pay an average of N3,000 per toll is not acceptable and should be rejected by all Nigerian citizens as it will further increase the burden on the Suffering masses of our country.
“Anything above 300 Naira will create a lot of hardship but worst case scenario 500 Niara will be totally intolerable. Let the people breath.

“We all know that there are institutions and bodies, agencies that are created by law to take care of matters of this nature, ranging from the Federal Executive Council, which sits to consider the economic imperative of this kind of gigantic project, the National Assembly which has been constitutionally mandated to apprropriate the funds, Bureau of Public Procurement which looks at the entities that will execute the contract without the federal government spending above and beyond what the project would ordinarily have cost, and etc.

According to him, constitutional democracy which we practice, funds are not arbitrarily expended without the authorisation of the legislative arm, which controls the purse of the nation and the president ought not to have doled out a trillion naira plus to his friends without authorisation.

“But in the event that the coastal highway is a build-operate-transfer-project, due process must also be followed with the aforementioned institutions and agencies which ought to have put in their knowhow with their input taken into consideration.
“If President Tinubu, as reported in the dailies and social media, has awarded the contract to the Chagourys who are alleged to be his bossom friends and business partners without due process and due consideration to the constitutional and statutory provisions, the National Assembly (that is if we have a functioning and responsible parliament that is not beholden to the Executive Branch) is obligated to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate and possibly call the president to order because doing what he is alleged to have done is a breach of the Constitution which he has sworn to uphold and protect.
“APC government has failed to deliver on the promises of open government and has decided to use government to reward their friends and cronies at the expense of tax payers.
All government contracts must follow open and competitive bidding process.

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Classified document claims Abure entered agreement with NLC in 2022

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It appears there is no end in sight over the dispute between the Labour Party(LP) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) as the suspended National treasurer of the party Oluchi Okpara has leaked a document that confirmed that NLC had a pact with the LP against the claims of Julius Abure.

The political wing of the NLC at a stakeholders meeting had sacked Abure and its NWC declaring the recent convention in Nnewi that returned Abure and his co-travelers as kangaroo

However, Abure Claimed the NLC has no power to dismiss him and the National Working Committee, as recently announced.
The document confirmed that the Labour Party had an agreement with the NLC

The Document indicated that there was a dispute between the duo which was mediated by INEC in 2022 showing the signature of LP national chairman, Abure and that of Ayuba Waba of the NLC

The document titled, “Report of Mediated Settlement between The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Labour Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission Zambezi Crescent Maitama, Abuja reads,

“We bring you fraternal greetings from the Nigeria Labour Congress {NLC) ard the Labour Party (LP). 

“We write to Inform you that the mediation initiative brokered by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the dispute between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Labour Party has been successfully consummated on the 27” of June 2022.
“The consummation of the resolution is established in a TERNS OF SETTLEMENT which was willingly reached without any duress whatsoever between the two parties, the NLC and the Labour Partv and validated by the signatures of the President of the Nigeria Labour 
Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni. the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barr. Julius Abure, General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, and the National Secretary of the Labour Party, Alhaji Umar Farouk Ibrahim. 

The National treasurer of the Party  Mrs. Oluchi Oparah, who made the document available to the Guardian on Thursday  said, “The mark of a good and trustworthy person is in his ability to keep his word and respect agreement reached in the course of mediation settlement agreement in the Presence of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) between the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) and Labour Party, (LP)

“It is only a morally bankrupt individual  who has no moral character that will reached, sign an agreement and then go publicly to deny such agreement. 

“The document above will prove to you what I have been saying about the existence of an agreement between the Labour Party and Nigeria Labour congress.

“Abure and his cohort can not continue on this path of lies and deception to justify their illegally convened and purportedly conducted national Convention.

“This agreement was sign consequent upon the mediation brokered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) between the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC and the Labour Party which commenced on the 26th of April 2022 and at which commitments were made for an improved cordial relations between the two parties consequent on the court Judgement by Justice Gabriel Kolawole delivered on the 20th March 2018. 
This mediation settlement agreement was signed by Bar. Julius Abure and  Alhaji Umar Farouk the National Secretary of Labour Party on behalf of the Party while Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress and comrade Emmanuel Ubiaja, General Secretary of Labour Congress signed for the union

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Boat Mishap: NIWA Commiserates with AGN, victims’ families

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has commiserated with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and families of the deceased victims of the unfortunate April 10, boat Mishap on the River Niger that claimed four lives.

The NIWA Management, in a statement signed by Engr Dakio Horsfall, Ag GM (Marine), expressed deep regret over the boat mishap which occurred Wednesday on the River Niger en route to Asaba in Delta state at about 2 pm.

The boat accident which claimed the life of a famous Nollywood actor, Jnr Pope and three others with one, still missing, according to the statement, involved two boats.

NIWA, in the statement, commiserated with families of the deceased and prayed the good Lord to repose their souls.

“Regrettably, the unfortunate accident involved an unregistered fiberglass boat with 12 persons on board and a privately owned wooden boat with a lone driver.

According to the statement, Preliminary reports indicated that the accident resulted from a frontal collision between the two boats due to over speeding.

“Sadly, two people died at the scene of the accident, two more bodies were recovered 24 hours later off-site, while seven persons were rescued”, the statement said.

It further explained that upon receipt of report of the accident through its community-based structure, the Authority immediately deployed its search and rescue team to the scene for rescue activities.

“This team and other stakeholders, including the local divers, swung into action and have continued the search and rescue effort since Wednesday. As of the last count, one person is still unaccounted for” the statement added.

The statement further revealed that the Marine Department of NIWA has also activated its accident investigation mechanism with a view to determining the cause(s) of the accident and make appropriate recommendations.

The Authority reiterated the need for all users of the inland waterways to, mandatorily, adhere to all established safety protocols which include the completion of passengers manifest at the loading and offloading points.

Others are compulsory usage of life jackets on the waterways, avoiding over speeding, and yielding to weather dictates, at all times.

NIWA seized the opportunity to appreciate efforts of the Marine Police, local divers/fishermen, Maritime Unions, and other good-hearted Nigerians who rose to support the Authority in its rescue efforts.

“The National Inland Waterways Authority hereby assures all Nigerians of its continuous efforts aimed at promoting safer inland waterways for the use of all”, the statement said. (Ends)

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