Why LG Autonomy Bill is ‘suffering’, by Niger Assembly Speaker

John Adams, Minna

Facts have emerged as to why the controversial Local Government Autonomy Amendment Bill could not scale through at both the states’ Houses of Assembly and the National assembly.

Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa Guni, during an attractive session with newsmen, in Minna, on Tuesday, disclosed that state governors, Emir and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) were against the Bill seeing the light of the day.

Guni said the three major critical stakeholders in the local government project in the country stoutly rose against granting the autonomy requested for by local government chairmen from across the country.

According to Guni, who is the Chairman of Northern Speakers Forum, he pointed out that these stakeholders were unanimous in the rejection of the autonomy Bill.

He said the NUT at the state and national levels opposed the granting of the autonomy because according to them “it would cripple primary school education in the…

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Lagos electricity consumers urge NASS to pass bill on estimated billing

Some electricity consumers in Lagos have urged the National Assembly to pass the bill criminalising estimated billing by Distribution Companies.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Lagos on Wednesday that the issuance of estimated bills to unmetered customers was criminal.

According to them, DISCOs are feeding fat on unmetered customers through estimated billing.

Chief Ade-Owas Owabumuwa, the President General, Amuwo Odofin Landlords and Residents Association, Mile 2, Lagos said the NASS should as a matter of urgency pass a bill to curb the excesses of DISCOs.

According to him, estimated billing is killing consumers and that the DISCOs are using it to exploit customers.

“We have protested to Ikeja Electric offices here in Amuwo and Ikeja so that they can stop this estimated billing method and give us prepaid meters but they continued to promise us.

“They kept on increasing the bills monthly and if customers complain, they will threaten to cut your…

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Guber aspirant laments state of education in Bauchi

Paul Orude, Bauchi

A governorship aspirant in Bauchi State on the  platform of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Dr. Samaila Dahuwa, has lamented the state of education in the  state, saying  it was the worst in the entire North East region.

Dahuwa made this known, in Bauchi, at a press conference held at the NUJ Secretariat, Bauchi, on Wednesday.

He said that if he becomes governor of the state, his major priority will be be to address the education sector.

“You can imagine when I went to a public school in Azare, I found over 200 pupils learning in a classroom without enough seats. This so pathetic. With this kind of situation, we don’t need any roadmap to address these problem because we will come in with a new approach,” he said.

 

On the health sector, Dahuwa, who is from Katagum Local Government Area, lamented inadequate health facilities and personnel in the state.

He assured that when elected, health, agriculture and youth unemployment would be given…

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