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does not give room for any operation that is not in accordance with the law, assuring of the agency’s commitment to ensuring that relevant provisions of the law in the pool sector are complied with. He noted that virtually all the development success across

the state were achieved through tax payers money and urged the pool agents in the state to registry for and obtain the Tax Identification Number TIN. However, ensuring uniformity in the sector he said the EIRS will henceforth carry out inspection of the pool betting industry and advised

both pools promoters and pools stakers to see themselves as parties that work together for mutual benefit The Edo State pool stakers had expressed worry over what they termed as

promoters’ refusal to comply with the rules/regulations governing pool staking in Edo. The pool stakers who highlighted some of their grievances at the meeting said they were tired of the continuous deliberate effort of the promoters to defraud pool stakers.

PPPPRA todid not investigate documents them.

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disclosed this while testifying at the trial of the marketers before an Ikeja High Court. The marketers; Adamu Maula, George Ogbonna, and Emmanuel Morah were charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The accused persons are being prosecuted alongside their firms; Downstream Energy Sources Ltd. and Rocky Energy Ltd. before Justice Lateefat Okunnu. The EFCC alleged that the marketers did not import the 10,862 metric tonnes of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), for which they had received subsidy payment. Chidok, who was led in evidence by EFCC Counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), confirmed that Downstream Energy Sources Ltd. participated in the Petroleum Support Fund (PSF). He said the PSF was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2006 to modulate the price of petroleum products in the domestic market. Chidok said the PPPRA was saddled with the responsibility of regulating the price of the products and ensuring that oil marketers imported the volume of products allocated

agency had a check-list of 27 documents which must be presented by all marketers before their subsidy payments are processed. Chidok said the accused persons submitted some documents relating to a ship-toship transfer between MT La Katrina and MT D. Roseline , offshore in Cotonou, Benin Republic. He said the documents, including Cargo Manifest, Haulage Report and Certificate of Cargo Transfer of the vessels showed that the transaction took place between Jan. 2, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2011. Chidok said the documents were issued by an inspectorate

company; Inspectorate Marine Services Ltd., which the marketers claimed had witnessed the transaction. “Before 2011, we depended solely on documents to verify subsidy payments; we did not investigate the documents submitted by the marketers. “We don’t have representatives offshore and we treated those documents on face value. “We only checked the documents to confirm if they tallied with our check-list,’’ he said. The witness said the PPPRA had in December 2011, introduced additional measures to ensure transparency in the importation of petroleum

products. He said the measures included the use of Llyod Intelligence to track vessels and also getting a direct transaction confirmation from suppliers’ offshore. When cross-examined by the defence counsel— led by Prof. Alfred Kasamu (SAN), Chidok admitted that the PPPRA witnessed the discharge of the products at the Apapa jetty in Lagos. “The products were discharged according to the volume allocated to downstream for importation. “The PPPRA only verify when the daughter vessel (MT D.Roseline) came into Nigeria before discharge,’’ he said. The case was adjourned to July 31 for continuation of trial.

We’re handling detained Rivers Continued from page 1 Lawmaker professionally

Mba said on phone from Abuja that detectives handling the case had been meticulous and professional. He said that it was untrue that the police tortured the detained legislator. “I want to say that our handling of the investigation involving Chidi Lloyd has been as professional as possible. “Detectives investigating that case have been very meticulous, very professional. We have done everything humanly possible to ensure

that the honourable’s rights are respected. “It is not true that he is being manhandled, it is not true that he was tear-gassed and it is also not true that he was moved from the airport to the state command headquarters in a black Maria. “As a matter of fact, we used an armoured personnel carrier to move him from the airport to the command headquarters. And the reasons are obvious, because of the peculiar nature of Rivers State politics.“ Mba said the police took

safeguarding the various offices visited. At Oredo Local Government Secretariat King Square, Benin City, except for security personnel on ground, with no staff of the council was seen in the premises. The situation was not different at Egor Local Government Secretariat, located at Uselu, behind the Uselu Market as the premises was quite and devoid of government services even as the offices were locked. At Idogbo, the headquarters of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Council, the situation was the same as there was no human activities in the council premises, except for the security personnel that manned the main entrance to the

secretariat. Officials of NULGE could not be reached for comment. Also, the Anglican Diocese of Kubwa in the FCT has commended the House of Representatives’ support for local government autonomy in the 1999 Constitution amendment. The commendation is contained in a communique issued at the end of the second session of the synod of the diocese, made available to newsmen yesterday in Abuja. The communique, signed by Bishop Duke Akamisoko of Kubwa Diocese, urged state houses of assembly to ensure the passage of the constitutional amendments to strengthen the local government system. Reports say that the

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local government areas of the state. Earlier, Gov. Umaru Tanko Almakura had noted that “this is the first time in many years that the president of our great nation would commission any project in the State”. Almakura said it was unfortunate that “despite the fundamental importance of education to the development of our society and its influence on our way of life, we lost our

precautionary measures to ensure the safety of Lloyd by moving him in an armoured personnel carrier from the airport to the state police headquarters. He said the police had enough men on ground to escort the motorcade carrying the house leader from the airport to state police command headquarters. “I can also assure that it is not true that Chidi Lloyd is having any health issue. He is doing very well,“ he said.

NULGE cancels 3-day warning strike

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“As a mark of respect for the leadership of the National Assembly, the three day warning strike has been put off. “All national officers, state presidents and secretaries and members are therefore directed to resume work and continue their normal duties. “We thank our supporters from the press and the general public for their cooperation and understanding,’’ Khaleel said. He said the National Assembly had assured the union of maximum support on the issue, but advised the union to fight to secure the support of the state houses of assembly. The NULGE leadership on Friday directed all its members nationwide to begin a three-day warning strike on Monday, July 29, 2013. Meanwhile, Activities at the Local Government Council Secretariats in Benin Metropolis were yesterday grounded to a halt as the nationwide strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to condemn the senate vote against local government autonomy, was observed in Edo State. Investigations by The Nigeria OBSERVER, revealed that the local council secretariats were virtually under lock and key except for security personnel who were

constitutional requirement is that 23 state assemblies out of the 36 state assemblies must endorse any amendment to the 1999 Constitution before it becomes a law. The synod, however, expressed regret that the Senate failed to expunge Section 29 (4b) of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulates that a married girl-child is considered to be of full age. It noted that the Senate’s decision contradicted Section 29 (4a) of the 1999 Constitution “which adequately defined the meaning of ‘full age’ of marriage.’’ On education, the synod commended the establishment of 13 new universities but expressed concern over the recurring strikes by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Jonathan orders implementation

would continue to provide support to Nasarawa State Government’s efforts to provide quality education through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC). President Goodluck Jonathan also promised that the federal government would provide free textbooks and science laboratory equipment to TAAL model school and other model schools in all the

bearing on education a long time ago. “There is no doubt that over the years, we have allowed mediocrity to invade the quality of our public schools. “It is in this direction that we, as a government in our quest to enhance social justice, have established this model school. “This school is not only for the elite, but for all citizens of the state, including the rural population.

Assembly may pass kidnapping Bill today By KEN ABU/WINIFRED OSASOBO BENIN CITY – Edo State of Assembly may today consider and pass into law, the amended bill for a law to prohibit the act of kidnapping in the state. Indications to this, emerged during yesterday’s plenary session following the submission of a report on the amendment by the House standing committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and legal matter. Presenting the report before the lawmakers, the Committee chairman, Hon. Kingsley Ehigiamusoe said the report has one point recommendation and three findings. According to Hon. Ehigiamusoe there was every need to curb security challenges in the state for the safety of its citizens, noting that the existing law

can no longer meet the present day reality. He further said there was need to strengthen the existing law in order to rekindle confidence of investors, in the state. This, he said made the committee to recommend that an amendment to the existing law on kidnapping and prosecution of 2009 be considered with a view to pass same into law in order to reflect the present reality. Summing up deliberation, the speaker, Hon. Uyi Igbe directed the chairman House standing Committee on Rule, Business and Government House to state its consideration today. During the plenary session, the House Observed a minute silence in honour of the late chairman of Esan West Local Government Council, Hon. Henry Irumundomon who died at the Weekend.

Service Delivery

Edo assures on partnership By QUEENNETH OROBEDO BENIN CITY – Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG), Prof. Julius Ihonvbere said the state is open to building and sustaining partnership towards effective service delivery to the people. He gave the assurance yesterday in Government House, during a courtesy visit, by a delegation of the management staff, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH). Describing the session as, “a necessary interface for a good relationship to enable both sides operate informally and more effectively,” Prof. Ihonvbere said Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital has contributed greatly to the health care needs of Edo people and the country at large. He however, added that there was room for improvement. The SSG assured that the memorandum of understanding between the federal government owned health facility and the state government would be sustained. On the appeal to the state

government for a waiver on the penalties and interests on their tax arrears, which rose as a result of the back duty investigation assessment of 2005-2011, the SSG said he will draw the attention of the Comrade Governor to it. He was however quick to add that, “obligations of the state government to the people can better be met through internally generated revenue.” The Chief Medical Director, ISTH, Prof. George Akpede said the visit was to further the implementation of the memorandum of understanding for the training of clinical medical students of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma through the establishment of an inter-ministerial MOU implementation committee, comprising the representatives of the state government, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health, AAU and the hospital. He also drew the attention of the state government on the need to take the national leadership position amongst the lassa fever affected and at risk states in the country.

Obasogie of Benin Kingdom loses Mum burial arrangements would be

BENIN CITY – The Obasogie of Benin Kingdom, Chief Eduwu Ekhator Obasogie on behalf of the Obasogie/ Ogiegbaen of the Benin Royal Family and the family of Ezomo N’Uzebu has formally announced the passing-on of their beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Deaconness Victoria Oghomwonyi Ekhator Ogiegbaen at 101 years old. A release issued yesterday in Benin says

announced later.

Late Deaconness Victoria Oghomwonyi Ekhator Ogiegbaen

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