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  •  2023 APGA guber candidate pledges free tax to new ventures in Ebonyi if elected
    2023: APGA guber candidate pledges free tax to new ventures in Ebonyi if elected
     2023 APGA guber candidate pledges free tax to new ventures in Ebonyi if elected
    2023: APGA guber candidate pledges free tax to new ventures in Ebonyi if elected
    General news2 weeks ago

    2023: APGA guber candidate pledges free tax to new ventures in Ebonyi if elected

    2023: APGA guber candidate pledges free tax to new ventures in Ebonyi if elected   Tax By Christian Ogbonna Abakaliki, Aug. 2, 2023 Prof Benard Odoh, Ebonyi Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), says he will offer tax holiday to new ventures into the state if elected in 2023. Odoh made the pledge while speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki on Tuesday.

    stating that huge tax imposition could retard growth of small scale businesses and cripple the economy.

    The candidate stressed that the proper thing to do to allow businesses to grow was to cut down taxes imposed on small and medium enterprises.

    “If elected into power in 2023 as governor, I will reduce tax on business.

    In fact, the proper thing to do is to give tax holiday to new ventures to come in and set up their businesses.

    “Allow them like one or two years to stabilize before imposing taxes.

    When I become the governor, our tax is going to be properly harmonized.

    “We will not over tax people, we will not double tax people.

    Small scale businesses all over the world is the most rapid way to pull people out of poverty.

    “I have talked, consistently, about ease of doing business; where someone comes to do business and all he ends up seeing is losing money because of the hostility of the environment.

    ”We are going to create a conducive environment for investors,” Odoh added.

    The APGA candidate said he would do everything possible to pull the people out of poverty, boost education and healthcare.

    “My contenders are issues surrounding accountability, issues on peace of the state.

    If I am able to successfully deliver key governance solutions that address these needs, I think my job would have been done.

    ”So, those issues are my contenders not the people who are in the party.

    “PDP and APC are not my contenders, let us all stick to the issues, let Ebonyi people hear us and know what are our plans on issues that cut across all sectors.

    “Today, 82. 5 per cent  of Ebonyi people are unemployed and that is about 2.4 million people of the state are unemployed,” the candidate explained.

    Odoh pointed out that his first major hurdle would be on job creations for the people.

    According to him, unemployment constitutes the communal crisis, and other crimes witnessing across state.

    “You know you can easily convert a hungry man into thuggery.

    A man who is hungry is vulnerable, he can be used for all kind of evil.

    “When I become the Governor, I can’t be interested in who is a town union president in the village, who will be Student Union Government (SUG) President, who is the Chairman of Okada riders or Chairman of bus drivers.

    “The first question is how do we pull this people out of poverty?

    ,” he noted.


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  •  Sanwo Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years
    Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years
     Sanwo Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years
    Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years
    General news2 weeks ago

    Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday unveiled Channel Point Apartments, a mini-housing scheme in Victoria Island, further raising the housing stock of the state.

    Channel Point Apartments are a composite housing project jointly developed by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) and Brook Assets and Resources Ltd., a private real estate developer.

    The housing scheme, located in Sinari Daranijo Street, consists of twin blocks of 38-unit two-and three-bedroom flats on a land size of 2,832 square metres.

    Speaking during the unveiling, Sanwo-Olu said that the project made it the 16th housing project completed and delivered in the last three years by his administration.

    He said the 38-unit housing project showed the result of collaboration between government and the private sector.

    According to him, the present administration’s determination to provide affordable and decent housing for the residents through public-private collaboration has yielded positive outcomes.

    Sanwo-Olu said that the urban renewal agenda of the state government remained on course.

    He noted that the overall goal of provision of modern housing and infrastructure was to ensure that the state sustained its growth and the megacity status.

    ”I congratulate the LSDPC and Asset Brooks and Resources Ltd. on the successful completion of this edifice.

    Progress is, indeed, achievable when public and private sector enterprises come together, bringing their core strengths to the table, for the good of the entire society.

    ”This positive outcome is yet another testimony to the effective collaboration between government and the private sector in the implementation of our agenda to provide affordable and decent housing for our people.

    ”I am impressed by the quality of work done by the contractor, which reflects the quality of monitoring and supervision by the LSDPC, which has sustained the high standards set long before now.

    ”We shall continue to pursue and implement this tried-and-tested model of public-private collaboration, as it has proven to be a potent strategy for keeping up with the rate of demand for housing by our rapidly increasing population,” he said.

    Sanwo-Olu said his administration had pursued its urban renewal policy vigorously, which resulted in rehabilitation and reconstruction of various infrastructure across the state.

    He said that the government would continue to provide a supportive environment for business and investment to flourish, while improving life expectancy in the state.

    The governor said the ongoing automation and digitisation reforms in property records and land administration in Lagos were already yielding positive outcomes.

    He also said that the Enterprise Geographic Information System (e-GIS) being introduced by the state government for transparent land allocation would be ready before the end of 2022. “We are giving commitment that before the end of the year, our e-GIS platform, which will unlock openness and raise efficiency in processing of property titles within weeks at applicant’s comfort zone, will be delivered.

    Disagreements over land titles will be a thing of the past,” Sanwo-Olu said.

    The governor assured residents that provision of decent, affordable housing remained a key priority for his administration, disclosing more housing schemes were due for completion across the state.

    The Managing Director, LSDPC, Mr Ayodeji Joseph, said that the project was another progress recorded by the Sanwo-Olu’s administration in closing the housing deficit in Lagos.

    Joseph said that the development of the Channel Point Apartments was conceptualised during Sanwo-Olu’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of LSDPC.

    He said that the site of the project had two bungalow houses before the agency converted it into a mini estate.

    The Managing Director of Brook Assets and Resources Ltd., Ms Lanre Sola, said the scheme offered luxury accommodation for the comfort of the allottees.

    Sola said that in spite of the challenges encountered in the course of the development, including the paucity of funding occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19, the company was resilient and showed great commitment to deliver the project.

    The mini estate has modern facilities, such as a water treatment plant, LPG Reticulation Service, fitness gym, swimming pool, roof-top cinema, sit-out space and two elevators per block.

    On his part, the Oniru of Iruland, Oba AbdulWasiu Lawal, commended Gov. Sanwo-Olu for the progress made in the housing sector.

    Lawal said that he was happy that the governor’s vision for housing was in tandem with his vision to make Lagos compact and smart for the residents.

    He said that Lagos had a very small landmass, hence, there was the need for the state to always convert any available space or inactive property to good use, for the hundreds of residents who were in need of housing.

    Lawal said that the state could always explore the opportunity to make the state liveable for millions of residents, in spite of the growing population.


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  •  The World Health Organization WHO launches an appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the Greater Horn of Africa
    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches an appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the Greater Horn of Africa
     The World Health Organization WHO launches an appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the Greater Horn of Africa
    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches an appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the Greater Horn of Africa
    Africa2 weeks ago

    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches an appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the Greater Horn of Africa

    The health and lives of people in the Greater Horn of Africa are under threat as the region faces an unprecedented food crisis.

    To carry out urgent, life-saving work, WHO today launches a funding appeal worth US$123.7 million.

    It is estimated that more than 80 million people in the 7 countries that encompass the region (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) are food insecure, with more than 37.5 million people classified in the IPC phase 3, a crisis stage where people have to sell their possessions in order to feed themselves and their families, and where malnutrition is common.

    Driven by conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, this region has become a hotbed of hunger with disastrous consequences for the health and lives of its people.

    "Hunger is a direct threat to the health and survival of millions of people in the Greater Horn of Africa, but it also weakens the body's defenses and opens the door to disease," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO.

    “WHO hopes that the international community will support our work on the ground to respond to this dual threat, treating undernourished people and defending them against infectious diseases.” The funds will be used for urgent action to protect lives, including strengthening the capacity of countries to detect and respond to disease outbreaks, procure and secure the supply of life-saving medicines and equipment, identify and fill gaps in health care provisions and providing treatment for sick and severely malnourished children.

    With the upcoming rainy season expected to fail, the situation is getting worse.

    There are already reports of preventable deaths among children and women during childbirth.

    The risk of trauma and injury is high as violence, including gender-based violence, is on the rise.

    There are measles outbreaks in 6 of the 7 countries, in a context of low vaccination coverage.

    Countries are simultaneously battling cholera and meningitis outbreaks as hygiene conditions have deteriorated, clean water is in short supply and people leave their homes on foot to find food, water and pasture for their animals.

    The region already has an estimated 4.2 million refugees and asylum seekers, and this number is expected to rise as more people are forced from their homes.

    When travelling, communities find it more difficult to access health care, a service that is already in short supply after years of underinvestment and conflict.

    “Ensuring that people have enough to eat is central.

    Ensuring they have safe water is central.

    But in situations like these, access to basic health services is also critical,” said Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.

    "Services such as therapeutic feeding programmes, primary health care, immunization, safe childbirth and services for mothers and children can make the difference between life and death for people caught up in these dire circumstances."

    The WHO has already released $16.5 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to ensure people have access to health services, to treat sick children with severe malnutrition, and to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks.

    of infectious diseases.

    WHO is grateful to its donors who make this life-saving work possible.

  •  I G assures Nigerians FCT residents of security cautions against misinformation
    I-G assures Nigerians, FCT residents of security, cautions against misinformation
     I G assures Nigerians FCT residents of security cautions against misinformation
    I-G assures Nigerians, FCT residents of security, cautions against misinformation
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    I-G assures Nigerians, FCT residents of security, cautions against misinformation

    The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba on Tuesday in Abuja allayed the fears in residents of the FCT and its environs over recent perceived security threats.

    He assured Nigerians, particularly FCT residents of their safety and security and enjoined them to go about their lawful duties without fear of attacks.

    Baba, however, cautioned the public, especially, journalists against raising false alarms, misinformation and disinformation so as to ensure peace and stability in the country.

    Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated that Mr Baba gave the warning while receiving general security updates on the nation at a meeting of the Force Management Team. He noted that the spreading of false alarms, misinformation, and disinformation could be detrimental and counter-productive to national security.

    Baba also ordered massive deployment of additional police operatives and operational assets within the FCT and its environs to solidify the security and protection of lives and property.

    He said the deployment was to protect residents, critical national assets and vulnerable facilities as well as road in and around the FCT.

    He directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, Mr Bala Senchi, to supervise and manage the deployment.

    The police boss said Senchi would ensure deployment of maximum security in the FCT and its neighbouring states with high risk of attacks resonating from the threats being speculated.

    Baba pledged the commitment of the police leadership to continue to explore avenues to enhance the security architecture in the country.

    This, he explained, would be done through intelligence gathering, operational deployments and application of cutting edge technology.


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  •  NIMASA reviews NSDP programme approves 2 000 for cadet
    NIMASA reviews NSDP programme, approves ,000 for cadet
     NIMASA reviews NSDP programme approves 2 000 for cadet
    NIMASA reviews NSDP programme, approves ,000 for cadet
    Economy2 weeks ago

    NIMASA reviews NSDP programme, approves $2,000 for cadet

    The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it will review the cost of direct sponsorship of Nigerian cadets undergoing foreign training under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).

    The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, said in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.

    Jamoh said that the review of sponsorship cost had become necessary due to the global inflationary trends.

    According to Jamoh, the trend is very pronounced in the Philippines, India and some other countries where Nigerian cadets are undergoing Certificate of Competency (CoC) examination training under the NSDP programme.

    He added that the sponsorship covered the training leading to obtaining a CoC.

    “We are not unmindful of the unforeseen global inflationary trend which has affected the cost of sustaining our cadets who are on sponsorship in some schools under the NSDP programme.

    “Though NIMASA paid the tuition fee, examination fee and the original cost of feeding and accommodation in full, with allowance for extra funds as pocket money.

    However, it’s obvious that cost of living has increased particularly in the Philippines due to the global inflation.

    “The agency is working closely with the Nigerian Embassy in the Philippines to address the challenges associated with the unexpected price increases.

    “We have put in place immediate and long-term arrangements to minimise the effect of inflation on their living standard during the programme,” he said.

    Jamoh said that the management of NIMASA had approved an additional $2,000 for each cadet, as extra fund due to inflation.

    “This is a short-term measure to cushion the effect.

    I am sure the Nigerian embassy will get in touch with the students immediately the funds are ready to be disbursed.

    It is a well coordinated arrangement through the embassy,” he said.

    He said that while working closely with the Nigerian Embassy in the Philippines to establish appropriate extra funds that would be required, NIMASA was deploying a team on fact finding to interact with the students currently in the Philippines.

    Jamoh added that the team would interact with officials of the Nigerian Embassy; the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippines; and some Licensure Examination Training and Review Centres (TRCs).

    “146 cadets have acquired the Philippines sailing license through the NSDP programme with 134 currently undergoing the programme and a further 170 being prepared to proceed to the Philippines for the examinations,” he said.

    He said that the agency had also made firm arrangements to ensure those cadets who had spent the stipulated six months approved for the CoC programme in the Philipines return home immediately.

    He urged the cadets to ensure they conclude their CoC examinations as scheduled.

    NIMASA initiated the NSDP in 2008 with the aim of addressing the dearth of Nigerian seafarers on ocean going vessels and the need to meet the indigenous manning requirements of coastal and inland shipping (Cabotage regime).

    The programme is designed to train Nigerian youths to become seafarers and Naval Architects in some of the best Maritime Training Institutions (MTIs) across the world.

    So far, the Agency has trained 2,241 cadets from inception of the programme, with 841 graduates having obtained sailing licenses CoC from maritime administrations of various countries.

    Out of this number, about 388 are now gainfully employed in maritime related organisations, while others are in their final stages of the programme.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Nasarawa Assembly confirms Bahago as Grand Khadi
    Nasarawa Assembly confirms Bahago as Grand Khadi
     Nasarawa Assembly confirms Bahago as Grand Khadi
    Nasarawa Assembly confirms Bahago as Grand Khadi
    General news2 weeks ago

    Nasarawa Assembly confirms Bahago as Grand Khadi

    The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed Alhaji Bahago Abubakar as Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal of the state.

    Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the house, announced this during the proceedings when the nominee appeared for screening in Lafia on Tuesday.

    The Speaker urged the appointee to live above board while discharging his duties, if finally sworn in.

    The speaker re-assured the government of the house commitment to work in synergy with the executive and the judiciary for unity, peace and progress of the state.

    The speaker directed the clerk of the House to produce a clean copy of the resolution to Gov. Abdullahi Sule for his assent.

    The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) recalls that Gov. Sule on Monday forwarded a letter to the house, requesting for confirmation of appointment of Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, Nasarawa State.

    ( NAN)
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  •  Governorship candidate sues for political tolerance in Enugu State
    Governorship candidate sues for political tolerance in Enugu State
     Governorship candidate sues for political tolerance in Enugu State
    Governorship candidate sues for political tolerance in Enugu State
    General news2 weeks ago

    Governorship candidate sues for political tolerance in Enugu State

    Mr John Nwobodo, governorship candidate of Accord Party in Enugu State has called for political tolerance in the state ahead of the 2023 general elections.

    Nwobodo told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Enugu that the destruction of banners and posters of opposition political parties in the state left a lot to be desired.

    “Political intolerance is brewing in Enugu State.

    I have heard that the flex banner signboard of Accord Party in Nara Ward II, Enugu East Local Government Area was pulled down by some gun-toting men.

    “These gunmen are working for certain political interests.

    “They may be garbed as unknown, but they are not strangers; they are our own brothers.

    It is a serious act of cowardice.

    “These acts are condemnable.

    As politicians, we must avoid violence at all costs and imbibe political tolerance,’’ he said.

    Nwobodo admonished politicians to play by the rules, noting that the era of thuggery in pursuit of elective positions in the state was over.

    “How can you explain the fact that some people went to Enugu East at night and started shooting and destroying banners and billboards belonging to the opposition?

    “That is crude political strategy.

    This is democracy and people should be allowed to make their choices,’’ Nwobodo stressed.


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  •  Naira drops by 0 42 experts proffer solution
    Naira drops by 0.42%, experts proffer solution
     Naira drops by 0 42 experts proffer solution
    Naira drops by 0.42%, experts proffer solution
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Naira drops by 0.42%, experts proffer solution

    The Naira on Tuesday depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window, exchanging at N430.67. The figure represented a decrease of 0.42 per cent compared with the N428.88 it exchanged for the dollar on Monday.

    The open indicative rate closed at N427.75 to the dollar on Tuesday.

    An exchange rate of N444 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N430.67 The Naira sold for as low as N415 to the dollar within the day’s trading.

    A total of 158.68 million dollars was traded in foreign exchange at the official Investors and Exporters’ window on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, some financial experts have described as ‘worrisome’ the unwholesome depreciation of the nation’s currency.

    The experts who expressed their concern in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, urged the Federal Government to save the local currency by addressing the rising inflation and other causative factors.

    The experts said that the persistent fall experienced by the nation’s currency due to the rising inflation had reduced its purchasing power and made people to lose confidence in the domestic currency.

    Uche Uwaleke, a Professor of Capital Market, urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to deal with the inflation challenge driven largely by cost-push factors.

    Uwaleke urged the apex bank to ensure increased power supply through decentralisation and encouraging mini and off-grids solutions.

    “Ensuring availability of petroleum products by decentralising refining, encouraging modular refineries and privatising government refineries.

    This will reduce the huge foreign exchange that is spent on fuel imports,” he said.

    Uwaleke also enjoined the apex bank to scale up its development finance interventions in agriculture and MSMEs after a thorough evaluation of existing ones in order to boost non-oil exports.

    He urged the CBN to work with other stakeholders such as the Nigeria Ports Authority and customs, among others to accelerate the implementation of the RT $200 billion programme.

    He said: “Given that the surge in demand is largely speculative, the CBN can quickly restore confidence and allay fears by increasing the level of interventions in the foreign exchange market in view of the relatively huge external reserves (about $40 billion) at its disposal.

    ” He enjoined the National Assembly to make a law that would prohibit public office holders from sending their abroad for education in order to conserve foreign exchange.

    Also, Sheriffdeen Tella, a Professor of Economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun, said to salvage the local currency, “we have to stop payment for imports till we are sure of what we are paying for.

    “Nobody should be allowed to pay for local items in foreign currencies like paying local footballers in dollars for winning local leagues,” Tella said.

    Ndubisi Nwokoma, Director, Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Research (CEPAR), stressed the need to minimise political interference in the allocation of foreign exchange and deal directly with the end-users to address the free fall of the Naira.

    Nwokoma said that government must address the issue of oil theft by ensuring that all oil export proceeds were remitted to the CBN.

    He also stressed the need to stimulate non-oil exports and discourage use of dollars in electioneering.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Abia will not disband regional security outfit Ebubeagu government tells protesters
    Abia will not disband regional security outfit, “Ebubeagu”, government tells protesters
     Abia will not disband regional security outfit Ebubeagu government tells protesters
    Abia will not disband regional security outfit, “Ebubeagu”, government tells protesters
    General news2 weeks ago

    Abia will not disband regional security outfit, “Ebubeagu”, government tells protesters

    Abia will not disband Ebubeagu Security Network as being demanded by protesters on Tuesday in Aba. Commissioner for Homeland Security, Mr Sopuruchi Bekee, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Aba that the southeast regional security network had not been involved in atrocities in Abia to justify the protest.

    Some young people took to the streets of Aba on Tuesday demanding the disbandment of the security outfit put in place by governments of the geopolitical zone.

    The commissioner said Abia government would like to identify the sponsors of the protesters to find out what their mission is.

    Ebubeagu’s presence is felt in Ebonyi and Imo where youths have been protesting its alleged extrajudicial killings and inhumane practices.

    The outfit was linked to the killing of about 14 youths who went for a traditional wedding in July leading to anti-Ebubeagu protests in Imo. The protest in Imo spread to Abia on Tuesday, although the operations of Ebubeagu Security Network had not been noticeable anywhere in Abia since its formation.

    The protesters moved from Ariaria International Market, through Faulks Road and proceeded to Aba-Owerri Road through Brass and moved to Aba North Local Government Area chanting anti-Ebubeagu songs.

    The protesters described Ebubeagu as a murderous outfit, but refused to speak with the media.

    They carried placards with inscriptions such as: “we don’t know whose turn it will be next’’; “we must rise against these barbaric acts on our land’’; “End Ebubeagu now, Igbo land is bleeding.

    ’’
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  •  Sokoto NBA seeks cancellation of 2022 SPIDEL Conference
    Sokoto NBA seeks cancellation of 2022 SPIDEL Conference
     Sokoto NBA seeks cancellation of 2022 SPIDEL Conference
    Sokoto NBA seeks cancellation of 2022 SPIDEL Conference
    General news2 weeks ago

    Sokoto NBA seeks cancellation of 2022 SPIDEL Conference

    The Sokoto State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association ( NBA), has urged the leadership of the association to cancel the 2022 SPIDEL conference to allow for better preparations in 2023. This is contained in a letter jointly signed by its Chairman Mr Muhammad Nuhu and Secretary and Mrs Rashidat Mohammed and addressed to the NBA national leadership.

    The branch also faulted the national body’s unilateral decision to cancelled the staging of the conference in Sokoto after members have already prepared ground for a successful hosting.

    “Mr President may wish to recall that we have expressed our displeasure over the unilateral postponement and the subsequent cancellation of the SPIDEL conference in Sokoto.

    “Before now, our branch treasured and held the President in high esteem and our members have demonstrated their love and support for the President during his visit to Sokoto in February.

    “Then, the President had in unequivocal words promised to hold the SPIDEL conference in Sokoto, with or without sponsorship from anywhere,”it said The branch said that immediately after the President’s visit, its leadership met and commenced preparations for a befitting hosting of the SPIDEL, committing huge amount of money to vendors and other service providers toward a hitch-free hosting.

    This, it said, included the repairs and maintenance of the venue  and vehicles, among others.

    “Individual members equally committed their funds in making personal souvenirs for the conference.

    The branch also mobilised its members to register for the conference.

    “Therefore, the suspension and subsequent cancellation of the conference came as a big shock and disappointment to all our members of the branch.

    “We concede that it is within the absolute discretion of the President, in consultations with the chairman of the section, to select where the SPIDEL conference will take place.

    “But, we hold the view that no member of the association shall be compelled or coerced to register or attend the SPIDEL conference against his wish,”it added.

    The branch said that the President and some other influential members had expressed reservation over the proposed hosting of the conference in Sokoto claiming security challenges at that time.

    It also faulted the shifting of the conference to Abuja saying that the FCT was also affected by the security challenge in the country.

    .

    “Moreover, our members and members of sister branches in the North are at peril in journeying down to Abuja for the conference.

    “We, at the NBA Sokoto Branch, therefore, find it expedient  to and do hereby call for the postponement of the SPIDEL Conference in Abuja.

    “Should you decide to forge ahead as scheduled however, we in the alternative, ask and demand for the immediate refund of our members’ already long paid registration fees,”it said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SPIDEL stands for “The Section on Public Interest and Development Law,” of the association.

    It was created to help lawyers practising in Nigeria.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN