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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Revenue Formula: Govs To Demand 42% Of Federal Allocation

Revenue Formula: Govs To Demand 42% Of Federal Allocation

Ahead of the review of the revenue sharing formula scheduled to start on Thursday, there are strong indications that state governors may demand 42 per cent of the federal allocation as against the 26.72 per cent they currently get.
Revenue Formula: Govs To Demand 42% Of Federal Allocation
The governors are also asking that the share of the Federal Government be slashed from the current 52.68 per cent to 37 per cent, while requesting that the share of local governments be increased from the current 20.60 per cent to 23 per cent in the new formula.

The Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Mr Elias Mbam, had on Tuesday revealed that the commission would set up a committee in the coming week to review the revenue sharing formula for federal, states and local governments due to the current economic realities.

The current revenue sharing formula was designed during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who ruled between 1999 and 2007.

But, ahead of the inauguration of the review committee on Thursday, a highly placed source privy to the pre-meeting discussions among governors told one of our correspondents on Thursday that the governors might adopt the recommendation of a report earlier submitted by a sub-committee set up by the forum to review the formula.

The source, who asked not to be named, said, “A committee was set up by the forum and that is the position of the forum on the matter of the revenue formula. The sub-committee met as far back as 2011 and it was made up of six governors, headed by the then governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

“The members were Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State; Sullivan Chime of Enugu State; Babangida Aliyu of Niger State; Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State.

“From the report they submitted to the forum, they recommended that the Federal Government should now get 35 per cent; states should get 42 per cent  and local government should get 23 per cent. That was the recommendation and that is what we have continued to push for.”

When asked what the governors based their proposal on, the source said they looked at their quest to be able to pay the minimum wage; the need for more resources to fight insecurity and the decaying infrastructure in their domain, which, according to him, the states do not have the funds to address.

He said, “The governors noted that managing states today is becoming very expensive and they mentioned the issue of security. Even though there is a central police system, the responsibility is falling on state governments to inject funds to help the agencies and so they have been involved in one way or the other.

“The cost of securing the states has simply become more expensive and the burden is now heavy on the states. The population has also increased over time and these people are in the respective states.

“So, when the governors said they needed some adjustments done with the revenue formula in order to defray the increase in the minimum wage, the new formula I mentioned to you was the formula they were referring to. The report was adopted and it was sent to the Federal Government but nothing was done about it.

“During the negotiation for this minimum wage, the governors again presented their position. They were initially reluctant to agree to the N30,000 but eventually, that was why they said if it (minimum wage) must be implemented with ease, there must be an adjustment, and so the report was again sent to the Federal Government but nothing was done about it.”

When asked if the NGF would stick to the 2011 recommendation, he said, “I’m tempted to say yes, because there had been no cause to reconstitute another committee to review it, so even though it’s relatively old, as far as we are concerned, that is the official position.”

“Yes, we know there has been this talk about states boosting their IGR and that they should be able to use that to take care of their recurrent expenditure, but the infrastructure for making that happen is not there.

“If there is no security and the states are not safe,  how do businesses make money and how do you generate revenue from them? The management of the power sector is still substantially controlled at the centre and so if you can do something as a state to address the power problem, it could change a number of things.

“On one hand, they are called the chief security officers of their states but on the other hand, the resources they need to make it happen are inadequate. So, we looked at all of these to arrive at that formula and that is our position.”

State governors had at the National Economic Council meeting on January 18, 2019, renewed their call for a review of the nation’s revenue sharing formula, saying it was necessary for them to be able to pay the N30,000 new National Minimum Wage.

At the meeting, which comprised state governors and some key Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government and chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, an official privy to the NEC meeting, said, “The governors are asking for a review of the revenue sharing formula and government is looking at that. The Minimum Wage Technical Advisory Committee that was inaugurated recently is also looking into the revenue sharing formula.”

Over time, the formula has generated controversies and remained a key factor in the clamour for true federalism or restructuring.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to release Mr Omoyele Sowore and 26 other protesters arrested on account of the #RevolutionNow protest on Monday.
#RevolutionNow: NLC Begs FG To Release Sowore, Others

FreshReporters News had recalled that the CEO of Sahara Reporters and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 elections was arrested in the early hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos.

The protests held on Aug. 5 in some states of the federation, with security agencies arresting some protesters.

While Sowore was moved to Abuja on Sunday and currently being detained in the custody of the DSS, 26 other protesters have been arraigned in a Lagos court.

NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson in a statement on Wednesday said the right to peaceful protests, assembly and association is fully guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under sections 39 and 40.

According to him, the NLC view the violent attack on the peaceful protesters by security forces as a total violation of their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the constitution.

“Besides, peaceful protests against perceived anti-people government policies is one of the critical fundamental rights that expands the entrenchment and growth of democracy.

“Sowore and other protesters were not carrying arms against the state and we therefore demand their immediate release unconditionally.” : NAN reports.

President Buhari Orders Army Headquarters To Investigate Killing Of Three Police Officers In Taraba

President Buhari Orders Army Headquarters To Investigate Killing Of Three Police Officers In Taraba

President Buhari orders Army Headquarters to investigate killing of three police officers in Taraba
President Buhari has directed the Defence Headquarters to commence immediate investigation into the killing of three police officers and a civilian by men of the 93 Battalion, Takum, Taraba.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the National Security Council, presided by President Buhari at the State House, Abuja today August 8th.

 “The council also decided that the unfortunate incidents in Taraba State in Ibi, a committee will be setup under the Defence Headquarters to critically look into the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.’’

Recall that the spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement released yesterday August 7th, said Police Operatives, led by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), came under sudden attack by soldiers along Ibi–Jalingo Road on August 5th. According to Mba,  police team were in the state to effect the arrest of  a notorious kidnap kingpin named Alhaji Hamisu.  Mba said the Army officers saw them effecting the arrest, attacked the police officers and released the arrested kidnapper.

He added that three Policemen comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds.

The Nigerian Army has however denied the allegation. A statement from the Army headquarters earlier today, said the military officers thought the police officers were kidnappers.

 (LIB Blog)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sowore Rejects Food From DSS, Remains In High Spirits In Detention

Sowore Rejects Food From DSS, Remains In High Spirits In Detention

Sowore rejects food from DSS, remains in high spirits in detention
Omoyele Sowore was arrested by the DSS for allegedly threatening Nigeria's harmony [[email protected]]
You might have missed the previous news where Governor Wike Of Rivers says Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In his state read it full HERE

Sowore has called for the release of Nigerians arrested by authorities while protesting on Monday.

Omoyele Sowore, a former presidential candidate, has called for the release of RevolutionNow protesters who were arrested by security agents during demonstrations on Monday, August 5, 2019.

Sowore was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday, August 3 for calling for nationwide protests against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Also Read: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

The Sahara Reporters founder accused the current government of badly managing the affairs of the country and called on Nigerians to reject the wickedness of the establishment.

After the DSS picked him up on Saturday, the agency accused him of threatening the harmony of the nation by plotting to overthrow a democratically-elected government.

Despite the warnings of security agencies against the protests, many staged demonstrations in a few states in the country on Monday, leading to a crackdown that involved many arrests in Lagos, Osun, Ogun and Cross River.
Sowore rejects food from DSS, remains in high spirits in detention
Police officers clash with RevolutionNow protesters in Surulere, Lagos on Monday, August 5, 2019 

When he was allowed to meet with members of the Take It Back Movement late on Monday, a defiant Sowore called for the release of those arrested, according to a report by Sahara Reporters.

"I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday," he said.

Also see: the secret video of how DSS came fir Sowore

The activist turned politician said he was bothered by the crackdown on Nigerians who were merely expressing their civil rights through peaceful protests.
Even though he noted that he was being treated well in detention, he has refused to eat meals given to him by the DSS.

Take It Back spokesperson, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, said the movement has been granted permission to deliver food on a daily basis to the detainee who she said remained in high spirits.

In its condemnation of the RevolutionNow protests, the presidency said only an electoral process determines a change of government, not a forceful overthrow.

Buhari won re-election in the February presidential election in which Sowore contested and performed woefully.
Many Nigerians have condemned his arrest and called for his release from detention.

They include Professor Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana, and former presidential candidates, Dr Oby Ezekwesili and Atiku Abubakar.

Onamusi-Kpiasi said the Take It Back movement will continue to agitate for Sowore's release as well as that of its other comrades whose voices the "oppressive regime" has tried to silence.
Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

Governor Wike said that Rivers State is not part of the RevolutionNow protest and whatever illegal agenda it seeks to pursue.
Nobody Should Attempt The ‘Revolution Now’ Protest In Rivers State – Wike

The Governor said: “Rivers State does not subscribe to what the RevolutionNow protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest”.

He directed security agencies in the state to arrest anybody involved in the RevolutionNow protest and also take all necessary steps to prosecute such persons.

Governor Wike urged parents to ensure that their children are not misled by agents of the march to participate in the illegal protest.

“All council chairmen are directed to be at alert. If they suspect any illegal gathering, they should report to the security agencies for immediate action “, Governor Wike said.

ECOWAS Meets To Review Status Of Corruption Fight

ECOWAS Meets To Review Status Of Corruption Fight

ECOWAS meets to review status of corruption fight
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament is meeting on Tuesday over the status of implementation of the protocol on the fight against corruption in the sub-region.

The meeting of the Joint Committee on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and Gender, Women Empowerment, Social Protection, Legal and Judicial Affairs will  hold from Tuesday to Saturday in Ouagadougou.

The theme of the meeting is “Status of Implementation of ECOWAS Protocol A/P3/12/01 on the Fight Against Corruption: ECOWAS Parliament’s contribution thereto”.

The protocol on the fight against corruption was signed in Dakar on Dec. 21, 2001, and adopted by the Authority of Heads of State and Governments.

The protocol is to join the efforts of states in the fight against corruption by adopting preventive and suppressive measures against persons who engage in acts of corruption in the exercise of their public and private functions.

Mr Eyesan Okorodudu, Head, Democracy and Good Governance Division of ECOWAS Commission, said the meeting was part of the commission’s effort to talk to the parliament on the level of implementation of the relevant part of the protocol.

He said that there were many aspects of the protocol the commission would  want to push for parliamentarians to implore the executive arm of government to exercise more political will to make operational.

Okorodudu said that one key protocol was Article 5, which is the preventive measures.

“Under the preventive measures, we are looking at measures that will ensure transparency, efficiency in procurement processes, disposal of goods, works and services, recruitment of personnel into public services that is very interesting to us.”

According to him, ECOWAS Protocol A/P3/12/01 on the Fight Against Corruption is designed toward preventing corruption within member states.

“The protocol is actually designed to promote and strengthen our development among the state parties in their efforts towards preventing corruption and also creating opportunity for state parties to have bilateral relations.”

He said the article aims “to harmonise efforts in promoting accountability and transparency around integrity governance processes.

“Till date, we have nine member states that have signed, it means the protocol has come into effect.

“It’s gone beyond the threshold about eight but when you have nine that have  signed, it has come into force.

“What should concern most of the member states is that it’s already enforced which means all the state parties in the region should start enforcing the contents provided in the protocol..”
#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

The Democracy Watch Africa, which describes itself as an umbrella body of over 30 civil society organisations in West Africa, have staged a counter-protest against the #RevolutionNow movement.

Members of the group took to the streets in Lagos on Monday, August 5, and headed to the seat of power in Alausa as they called for caution over the planned protest by the coalition led by Omoyele Sowore and others.
#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition

Josephine Okpara, one of the leaders of the group, read a speech in which she demanded for the expulsion of Amnesty International.

The protesters accused the organisers of the #RevolutionNow movement of acting against the interest of Nigeria and its citizens.

 They lamented that the #RevolutionNow protesters were acting “under the active support of some external forces that are bent on destabilising the country.

#RevolutionNow: 30 CSOs Stage Counter-protest Against Sowore’s Coalition
“The planned protest is a grave misdemeneur that must be viewed from the prism of treason against the Nigerian nation as there are from all indications no justification whatsoever to warrant such despicable act under whatever guise,” the group said.

 It was earlier reported how fierce-looking soldiers and armed policemen, on Monday, August 5, forcefully dispersed members of the #RevolutionNow movement who converged at the National Stadium in Surulere area of Lagos state.

The Cable reports that the protesters who arrived at the stadium around 7am for the kick-off of the protest met a detachment of policemen at the entrance of the stadium.