Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have commended the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for signing the Petroleum Industry Bill into law. This was contained in a statement titled ‘Petroleum Industry Act: Democratically Changing Nigeria, ‘ signed by the Chairman, Progressives Governors Forum, and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, in Abuja, on Wednesday. The statement read: “The Progressive Governors Forum commends Mr. President for this historic feat of moving the nation forward to a new democratic era of governance and business management of the oil and gas industry.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a committee headed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, to immediately commence the implementation of the recently signed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA). Other members include Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Group Managing Director, NNPC, Executive Chairman, FIRS, representative of the Ministry of Justice, representative of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Natural Resources Barrister Olufemi Lijadu as External Legal Adviser, while the Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, will serve as head of the coordinating secretariat and the implementation working group. Mr. President gave the approval, at a ceremony shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, at the presidential villa, Abuja. The steering committee has been given 12 months from now to conclude its assignment, with periodic updates delivered to Mr. President.
The lawmaker representing Akure South/North in the House of Representatives, Adedayo Omolafe Popularly called Expensive has died. Mr. Omolafe, a member of the peoples Democracy Party (PDP) died in his home in Akure, Ondo state capital, around 2am on Monday, according to sources. Ondo PDP spokesman, Kennedy Peretei, who confirmed the death of the law maker, described him as a grassroot politician who would be sorely missed, adding that his death was a big blow to the party. Peretei also said they will soon issue a statement to that effect.
The Nigeria Senate has proposed for the creation of 20 new states within the country to bring the sum of states to 56. The Senate Committee on Constitution Review has recommended that a referendum should be conducted for 20 new states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It was gathered that the committee’s decision was reached after considering various factors including the ability of civilian administration to create states.
Major stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have prevented the removal of Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the party. Secondus has been under intense pressure from several factions in the PDP to resign and has been accused of being responsible for the mass exodus of PDP members to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the reduction of pension of former governors and other officials of the state by 50 per cent. A statement signed by Mr. Eromosele Ebhomele, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Thursday, said that the decision was taken following the adoption of a report by the House Committee on Establishment, Training, and Pension, Yinka Ogundimu, which recommended the reduction of pension for former governors and other affected officials by 50 per cent. The committee also expunged the provision of houses in Abuja and Lagos for ex-governors as stipulated in an earlier law operated by the state. The ex-governors currently benefitting from the jumbo pensions include Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, and Akinwumi Ambode. Mr. Ogundimu, representing Agege II, said the committee reduced their benefits and other emoluments by 50 per cent, based on the present economic situation of the state.