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RUGA: Ebonyi Community Alleges Forceful Take-Over Of Land

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RUGA: Ebonyi Community Alleges Forceful Take-Over Of Land

The issue of Ruga settlements is aggravating the people of Isuokoma in Onicha local government area of Ebonyi State.  They are raising an alarm over allegations that their land is being forcefully acquired for the controversial grazing project.

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In a communique issued after a meeting of Ndi Isuokoma in diaspora, held in Enugu, the community has vowed to resist every attempt to convert their ancestral land for the purpose of the Ruga project.  The communique says Ebonyi government has plans to set up a Ruga colony and has allegedly forcefully taken over 10,000 hectares of land it purportedly packaged for a Ruga project under the guise of an agricultural project.

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The communique further states that Isuokoma land is available for any genuine project and not the one allegedly surrounded with controversy, secrecy and suspicions.

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More Than 600 Ekiti Varsity Workers Protest Sacking

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Over 600 Ekiti Varsity Workers Protest Sacking

More than 600 workers at the Ekiti State University in Ado Ekiti are protesting against their disengagement by the institution’s governing council.

The sacked workers were let go over alleged irregular appointments, discrepancies in certificates, failure to possess requisite certificates from the primary level, and falsification of age, among other offences.

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The protesting workers were said to have disrupted activities in the university.  They were acting under the joint action committee, comprising the senior staff association of Nigerian universities, the non-academic staff unions of educational and allied institutions, and the national association of academic technologists.

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They, and leaders of other labor unions, say the basis of their termination was flimsy.

Vice chancellor, Prof Edward Olanipekun has advised leaders of the labor unions to maintain a reasonable level of decorum while expressing their grievances.

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Sowore Planned Court Drama To Embarrass Nigeria – Coalition

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Sowore Planned Court Drama To Embarrass Nigeria - Coalition

A coalition of civil society organizations has advised the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and other security agencies not to compromise internal security of the country in the face of cheap blackmail.

The coalition alleges that co-convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-hort, masterminded the drama witnessed at the premises of the federal high court in Abuja, to embarrass Nigeria before the international community.

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Convener of the guidance for democracy initiative, Prince Danesi Mohmoh who spoke on behalf of the coalition says “there is no place for revolution in the Nigerian constitution. The ballot box is the only way for transition.”

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Mohmoh says the drama was plotted to mislead the media and misinform Nigerians.

The coalition further asked the judiciary to uphold only the constitution and jettison pressure from any political and tribal sentiment.

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Buhari Inaugurates Open Treasury Portal To Allow Nigerians Monitor Government Spending

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Buhari Inaugurates Open Treasury Portal To Allow Nigerians Monitor Government Spending

The federal government has launched the Open Treasury Portal which it says would give Nigerians access to information on the flow of monies into and out of government coffers.

The government has mandated all ministries, departments and agencies to publish daily reports of payments that are more than five million naira.  They are also to publish monthly budget performance and other official financial dealings.

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Minister of state for Niger Delta, Tayo Alasoadura who represented the president, gave the directives at the official launch of the financial transparency policy and implementation guidelines.

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Accountant general of the federation has also been directed to publish monthly fiscal accounts within two weeks after the end of the month, a quarterly consolidated unaudited financial statement of the federal government within a month of the end of the quarter with an annual general purpose financial report.

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Nigerians can go to www.opentreasury.gov.ng. To view the information.

President Buhari emphasized the publications must be in line with the international public sector accounting standards.

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