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Yahaya Bello:  Each Governor Received N1 Billion From FG, N1.1 Billion From World Bank For COVID-19

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Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has revealed that state governors in the country have received one billion naira each from the federal government as palliative for the coronavirus pandemic.  Bello also said, in addition, governors have signed a memorandum of understanding with the world bank to receive another one point one billion naira for the same purpose.

Governor bello gave this information during a television interview on Tuesday morning.  He said his state received the federal government’s one billion naira even though Kogi had no coronavirus infection because his state was equally affected by the pandemic, and because the funds were to assist every state.

Bello said he was the only state governor who did not sign an MoU with the world bank for the one point one billion naira fund because, as he put it, it was a one-sided agreement.

The governor denied allegations that his government hoarded CA-COVID relief packages in Lokoja or anywhere in the state. He said those allegations were to discredit state governors and the federal government.

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Fashola To APC: Respect Your Zoning Plan In 2023

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Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect its zoning formula in picking a presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Fashola says this is the core of the agreement by APC founding fathers before the 2015 elections.

The minister said although zoning is not in the party’s constitution, party leaders had agreed on the zoning when the party was being formed.

Fashola has also advised party members to support the Mala Buni-led caretaker, extra-ordinary, convention committee, which he described as a product of necessity.

He says the caretaker committee must be respected because it is a by-product of the leadership crisis that engulfed the party.

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Police Begin Investigation Of Mysterious Death Of Three Children In Enugu

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Enugu State Police Command has begun a full-scale investigation into what it calls the mysterious deaths of three children at Itchi, in Igbo Eze south of Enugu State.

Police commissioner, Ahmad Abdurrahman, says the command will apprehend and bring to book, perpetrators of the act.  Addurrahman also urged parents and guardians to be vigilant and take good care of their children and wards especially in these “ember” months.

The commissioner said three of the children were found dead in a parked car in Itchi community, and that two other children were still alive when police got to the scene.  They are now receiving medical care at a hospital.

The police commissioner said the case has now been transferred to the state CID.

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FG Moves To Resolve Imo/Rivers Boundary Dispute

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The federal government has shown interest in settling the boundary dispute between Imo and Rivers States.

In its attempt to resolve the dispute, a federal government team, represented by members of the national boundary commission and officers from the office of the surveyor-general of the federation, has flagged off the Imo-Rivers inter-state boundary physical and tracing demarcation.

The federal government also inaugurated members of Imo State committee on the boundary demarcation with a joint task team consisting of officials from the two states, to ensure a fair and just exercise.

Imo state deputy governor and chairman of the state’s boundary committee, Prof Placid Njoku, assured the national boundary commission of the state government’s partnership and support to ensure a smooth boundary exercise.

He expressed optimism that the commission would end the lingering boundary disagreement by meticulously carrying out the exercise.

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