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Nigerians panic as food stuff traders threaten nationwide strike

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There is a growing fear of food crisis in the country as Amalgamated Union of Food Stuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over illegal roadblocks and multiple taxes being imposed on its members.

Addressing journalists at the end of an emergency meeting on Tuesday, Muhammed Tahir,

National President of the union, Muhammed Tahir, said the group had resolved to support onion traders who had commenced cutting supply to the southern part of the country owing to the same issues.

He said the union would cut the supply of food nationwide if the Federal Government failed to meet its demands within three weeks.

The union had in March stopped the movement of food supply to the South-West over alleged extortion and attacks on members.

The action was suspended after the intervention of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

According to him, AFUCDN is not on strike at the moment but may not guarantee industrial harmony after three weeks if its demands are not met.

Also, a legal adviser to the union, Magama Saleh, said the government must do the needful to avert cutting food supply across the country.

“This is an emergency meeting in regards to what is happening to our members in south-east and south-south Nigeria, this is also to brief our members nationwide on the aftermath of the three-month strike,” he said.

“Today’s resolution is that we are declaring support to the various unions under the umbrella of the amalgamated union.

 

“The onion association has embarked on strike last night and only to the south, and as a national union, we have discussed extensively and have resolved to support them on their industrial action.

“We have written a reminder letter to the federal government, through the ministry concerned and security agencies reminding them of their previous promises to the union.

“They are yet to do anything concerning it. If nothing is done between now and in three weeks time, we may be forced to sit and have another resolution. ”

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EFCC invites two Abia ex-commissioners over N22bn Paris Club refund

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Enugu Zone, has invited two former Abia State commissioners for finance for questioning reportedly relating to the spending of N22bn Paris Club refund.
The EFCC said Mr Philip Nto and Mr Obinna Oriaku, who served as Commissioners of Finance and Economic Development in 2014 and 2016 respectively were asked to meet with the agency’s Head Capital Market and Insurance Fraud Section for questioning.

It stated this in a letter dated May 25th, 2021, addressed to Abia Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem.
It said the two former commissioners were needed to make certain clarifications regarding some financial transactions in the state within the period of their stay in office.
It said this was in pursuant to section 38(1) and 2 of the EFCC (establishment) Act, 2004.

When contacted, Oriaku confirmed he was invited, promising to honour it.
He said, “I want to make it clear that EFCC invitation is not a crime and cannot be misconstrued as a sentence for crime.
“As commissioner for Finance for four years, it is necessary that I will be invited from time to time to shed light on what happened while I served as commissioner.”
Oriaku said the invitation was based on a petition by one Dr Murice Walton of Mauritz Walton Nigeria Limited on how the state government allegedly held back their payment since 2017.

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We’ll complete 2nd Niger Bridge next year – Fashola

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Construction work on the Second Niger Bridge will be completed in 2022, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.
He stated this on Sunday at a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria to mark the sixth anniversary of the Buhari administration in Abuja.
The construction of the bridge commenced on September 1, 2018.
According to Fashola, the bridge, which will serve as a major link between the south-east and the south-west will be delivered between the second and third quarters of 2022.
He said the construction time was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic but added that the work had gone beyond the water level.
He said the project would facilitate the influx of investments to the south-east when completed.
“So, what you see currently is the final work. The sub-structure which entailed building cement structures underwater often costs a lot of money,” he said.
“We should finish the bridge next year between the second quarter and third quarter.”
The bridge is 1.6km long and furnished with other ancillary infrastructure, including a 10.3km highway and an interchange.
The bridge spans from Asaba in Delta state to Ozubulu, Ogbaru and other communities in Anambra state.
The minister added that the federal government’s investments in road building and infrastructure development have been impacting various economic activities nationwide.
Fashola said more wealth and job opportunities had been created with 850 contracts awarded and 13,000 kilometres of roads and bridges under construction and repairs across the federal highways.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to improving infrastructure sits squarely at the centre of the progressive ideal to improve the human condition.
“This connects many more doors and it is the most legitimate way for distributing money across board.
“One of the reasons our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is called progressives is because there is a commitment to the progressive ideals.”

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I sold about N70,000 bread daily to bandits when Kaduna students were abducted – Baker

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Hassan Magaji, a baker in the Galadimawa area of Kaduna State, has confessed to supplying bread to bandits.

Magagi, who was recently arrested by the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of Police, said he sold bread worth N70,000 to the bandits during the time that some university students were abducted.

It is not clear if he was referring to students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, who spent over a month in captivity.

“I observed that whenever they kidnapped many people, like during the kidnap of those university students, the quantity of bread that they bought increased. During that period I delivered up to N70,000 worth of bread everyday until recently when it dropped to N50,000 again.”

“I have not benefitted much except that I married a new wife and I was able to save money to take care of two wives. To stop banditry, government should recruit more security men. We prefer police because they know the job.”

Bandits have been terrorising residents of Kaduna and its environs.

On Saturday, angry residents blocked the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest incessant attacks.

Despite repeated assurances from government, armed gangs have been making life a hell for people.

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