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Lawan: MDAs Sabotaging FG's Efforts to Provide Critical Infrastructure Gives erring agencies one week to appear before relevant committees Appropriation bill passes second reading, plenary suspended till Nov. 9 Deji Elumoye and Juliet Akoje in Abuja President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, yesterday raised the

alarm over alleged sabotage of the President Muhammadu Buhari government’s effort to provide critical infrastructure in the country by some Ministries, Departments

and Agencies (MDAs). Lawan gave those he identified as erring MDAs one week to appear before the relevant committees of the upper chamber or face the wrath

of the law. He said despite several invitations extended to them by the Local and Foreign Debt Committee of the Senate, the MDAs had

consistently refused to appear to justify projects listed for funding through the loan requests sought by Buhari. Reacting to the refusal by

MDAs to justify some listed projects, Lawan described their action as an act of sabotage that would not be condoned by the Continued on page 40

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Anambra: IG Orders MOPOL Commanders to Be Ruthless with Violent Elements Reads riot act to personnel, worried about reports of misconduct State now ripe for taking by PDP, says Okowa Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja and Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba Ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, the

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali Baba, yesterday, ordered commanders of the Police Mobile Force (MOPOL) to deal ruthlessly with violent elements

and political thugs, who might work against a transparent and credible election in the state. Baba read the riot act to the squadron commanders and vowed

to deal with any commander found to be lacking capacity or will to key into his reform agenda. He expressed worry over reports of misconducts by some police

personnel in the country. But speaking on the Anambra election, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, said the time had come for the Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP) to add the South-east state to the list of states controlled by the main opposition party by Continued on page 40

FG: COVID-19 Vaccination Now Mandatory for Civil Servants from Dec 1

To issue revised safety protocol in next 24 hours Removes South Africa, Turkey, Brazil from restricted nations’ list Trend of infection going down in some states, rising in others Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja Federal government workers across the country will from December 1 be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination before reporting at work. Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, announced the new policy decision yesterday in Abuja at a PSC briefing. Mustapha said the government would issue new safety protocols in the next 24 hours. Similarly, Nigeria removed South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the list of countries on high-level restriction, where travellers are barred from visiting, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On the new directive, Mustapha said public servants would have to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and the country’s foreign missions. He Continued on page 40

REPATRIATION OF BENIN ARTIFACTS... The signing of Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation between the German and Nigerian delegations, witnessed by representatives of the His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, in Abuja... yesterday

FG to Construct Museum in Oba’s Palace for Repatriated Artefacts...

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