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Chairmen of Qua’an Pan and Kanam Local Government Areas, Isaac Kwallu and Wakdung Abbas were suspended by the Plateau state assembly on Tuesday June 30. 

The two Chairmen who were accused of illegally suspending their councillors and refusing to pay their entitlements, were directed to hand over to their deputies in their respective councils.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abok Ayuba who made the announcement said; 

“The State Assembly had directed the Local Government Chairmen to recall the councillors of various wards which they earlier suspended in the two Local Government Areas and to pay them their entitlements but the Chairmen in question refused.

“We have no choice than to suspend the two Chairmen although, the Chairman of Quan-Pan complied, it wasn’t convincing.”

House Committee Chairman on Information, Philip Dasun who addressed newsmen after the plenary said they invited the two chairmen and subsequently directed them on what to do but they refused to obey the directives.

Dasun said; 

“They were directed to pay the entitlements owed councillors but they fail to do so.

“In the case of Kanam, he even sacked the substantive Clerk of the House posted there by the House of Assembly Service Commission and refuse to reinstate him as directed.”

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FG announces resumption of Domestic flight; Lagos and Abuja airports to commence operations July 8

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The Federal Government has announced the resumption of domestic flights in the country. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, July 1, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the Abuja and Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on July 8, while the Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Maiduguri airports would resume on the 11th. Other airports are also expected to resume operations on the 15th.

Sirika, however, noted that a date for the international airports will be announced in due course.

The Nigerian airspace has been closed since March this year following the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

The statement in part reads

”The flights will commence with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

The Port Harcourt , Owerri and Maiduguri airports will reopen to flights on the 11th of July, while other airports across the country will join on the 15th of July.

Passengers looking to travel out of the country will have to wait a bit longer as the dates for the restart of international flights into and out of the country will be announced later.

Passengers are highly advised to follow all the safety guidelines and protocols put in place to ensure that the airports don’t become channels of infection for the dreaded coronavirus.” 

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PLATEAU STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY SHOWER’S ACCOLADES ON KWALLU, SAYS HE IS A PERFORMER.

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Plateau State House of Assembly have described The Executive Chairman of Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council, Isaac Kyale Kwallu as an outstanding performer in the discharge of his duties.

The members took turns to shower encomiums on the Chairman when the House Standing Committee on Local Government And Chieftaincy Affairs led by its Chairman, Ibrahim Baba Hassan visited Qua’an-Pan LGA on Wednesday 24th June. It was 2020 as part of its oversight functions on activities of Local Governments in the state as they approach two years in office come October this year.

Speaking during the visit which had majority of the Principal Officers of the Assembly, Chairman of the Committee who is Member Representing Jos North North, Ibrahim Baba Hassan and his counterpart who is the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Saleh Shehu Yipmong in separate remarks described the visit as one of the basic functions of the House which includes supervision on how resources meant for Local Government Administration are well channeled for the good of the people.

They said it behooves on the Assembly to ensure that administrations at the State and Local Government levels are on tract so that democracy is felt by the people at the grass roots.

They said as such the committee has come to know what has been done so far in terms of Projects execution now that the LGAs are coming close to two years in office.

They posited that since the LGAs are not entities on their own but sub-sets of the State, the House of Assembly has a duty to carry oversight.

Receiving the Plateau State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Local Government And Chieftaincy Affairs, Executive Chairman of Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council, Hon. Chief Isaac Kyale Kwallu FCIA, FCIPMA described the visit as an “August” one saying when resources meant for the people are released in trust, the leadership owes its people accountability.

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Kwallu said the successes recorded by the Divine Mandate Administration are due to the inputs of his young innovative team and the unwavering support from the people of Qua’an-Pan as well as the harmonious working relationship between the Executive, Legislative and Traditional Institution in the area.

He then proceeded to present his scorecard which he said are visibly there to be seen and confirmed in the areas of Healthcare, Welfare, Social Amenities, Youth and Women Empowerment, Security and Infrastructural Development amongst others which are multi-sectoral and anchored on a three points policy trust of:
1. Ensuring a secure, peaceful and socially cohesive Qua’an-Pan LGA;
2. Creating opportunities, stimulating inclusive growth and entrenching sustainable shared prosperity; and
3. Providng good, innovative, transparent and participatory governance.

The Chairman gave the committee members a list of all the projects and programs executed after which he took them to inspect some completed and ongoing projects.

Kwallu’s scorecard however drew an overwhelming commendation from other members who took their turns to speak as follows:
First to speak was Hon Philip Dasun Peter of Pankshin North who said he sincerely admired and applauded the achievements of the Council Chairman for his inclusive style of governance. He said as a teacher, I will rate Kwallu as a distinction student.

Hon Esther Dusu of Jos North West on her part said if as Law Makers they can be having and seeing such report,then the State will go places.

Hon Livinus Kwapfuan who represents Shendam State constituency added his words that when you have somebody like this then all you need do is guide and protect him to achieve more for our people.

Source: Divine Mandate Media

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FG Reduces Fees For Statutory Marriage In Nigeria

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The Federal Government has approved a downward review of the fees chargeable for services related to the Statutory Marriage under the Marriage Act CAP M6 LFN 2004 to commence from Wednesday, July 1.

Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Interior, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Manga said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the disclosure in a Public Notice signed by the Permanent Secretary and Principal Registrar of Marriages in Nigeria, Georgina Ehuriah.

Aregbesola said that the adjustment was an off-shoot of the recommendations made by stakeholders at the Sensitisation Conferences held across the country in the third quarter of 2019.

According to him, the fees chargeable for the Issuance of Fresh Marriage Licence to a place of Public Worship has been reduced from N30,000 for two (2) years to N6,000 yearly, payable for five years in the first instance.

He said further that for the Renewal of Marriage Licence by a Place of Public Worship, the sum of N5,000 has been approved per year, payable for three (3) years at each instance, as against the N30,000 earlier charged annually.

The Minister added that the fees chargeable for Statutory Ordinary Marriage has also been cut down from N21,000 to N15,000 while that of Statutory Special Licence has been slashed from N35,000 to N25,000.

Aregbesola said that a link has been created on the Ministry’s website; (www.ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng) to enable States and Local Governments access the Ministry’s automation platform for services relating to the conduct of Statutory Marriage in the country.

He called on stakeholders to take advantage of the reduction in fees to licence their Places of Public Worship and continue to celebrate Statutory Marriage as specified by the Law.

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