Faulty Microphones: Reps Adjourned For Third Time In One Week

The House of Representatives on Wednesday adjourned plenary over failure of the public address system in the chamber.

The technical itch, which has persisted for about three weeks, had forced the House to adjourn plenary three times within one week.

The lawmakers had earlier adjourned on Wednesday last week and on Tuesday this week.

The audio system attached to more than half of the seats in the chamber had been malfunctioning, making members who wanted to speak to relocate to other seats with functional microphones.

After saying the opening prayers on Wednesday, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, announced that the chamber would have to adjourn sitting to Tuesday, with the hope that a temporary solution would be put in place.

Dogara noted that the system was manufactured in Germany and only the producer could supply a new one to the chamber. He also noted that the system was installed in 1999.

He said, “We are still grappling with the problem relating to the public address system and unfortunately, up till now, we have been unable to fix the problem.

“The technical department has done all within its power. I have been told that the row (section) on my right to the isle; the microphones from the first row to the sixth row are not functioning. And if we have want to sit there, almost all the rows there will be empty and the entire people at the front will have to vacate their seniority on the floor and move backward.

“We will take the two matters of urgent public importance and then, we will have to adjourn the House so that the technicians can make an improvisation relating to the public address system.”

“By the time we reconvene, hopefully Tuesday next week, all the reports from the heads of the committees should be ready for presentation.”

Dogara thereafter asked that only items listed on the Order Paper, which did not require debates, should be treated.

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Nov/Dec SSCE: NECO Announced Change In Exam Date

The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Wednesday announced that its November/December 2018 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) earlier scheduled to commence on November 15th, has been shifted to November. 19th.

This was contained in a statement released in Abuja and signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana.

“Candidates are hereby requested to download the new examination time table on the NECO website: www.mynecoexams.com and the e-mail used for the registration,” the statement read.

“Please note that this information supersedes the earlier media publication on the commencement date for the examination date,’’ the statement said.

According to the Registrar, “NECO expressed regrets over any inconveniences the change might have caused candidates.”

Anambra State IGR:Clampdown On Illegal IGR Collectors BEGINS

Clampdown on Illegal IGR Collectors begins…

Lately, numerous complaints were received by the Anambra State Government from ndi Anambra and residents about multiple levy of buyers and sellers in markets, issuance of multiple tickets to drivers and even hawkers.

These inglorious revenue collection by people who parade some “authority papers” purportedly emanating from the government are fake.

Following the directive of Gov. Willie Obiano against extortion of monies by these illegal agents from individuals and groups in the state, the Commissioner for Transport; Hon. Uche Okafor and the Managing Director of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, Mr. Patrick Obiefune mobilised the officers and men of ATMA and OchaBrigade, moved round major markets in Onitsha and arrested some of the illegal IGR Agents.

Before the exercise, the state Government had through the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment led by Hon. C-Don Adinuba condemned the acts of extortion going on in the markets and streets of Anambra State.

See the press release below…

Ban on Illegal Tolls in Markets and Other Places to be Enforced With Greater Vigour

  1. It has come to the knowledge of the Anambra State Government that despite several measures and programmes to make life better for our people, a number of criminally minded persons and groups have continued to devise all manner of methods to extort money from our people. Quite painful is the fact that the majority of victims of the extortion are the poorest in society.
  2. There is perhaps nowhere where this unconscionable practice takes place as much as the markets in the state and the streets and roads leading to them. These criminals collect levies unknown to the government. Some of the tolls are called ground tolls, container tolls and wheel barrow tolls. Through these illegal tolls, importers, distributors and retailers are forced to pay huge amounts of money. Worse, buyers of their products are compelled to part with various sums to cart them from one place to another, even when the goods are not transported in carts. This practice has led some people to seek to do business outside the state.
  3. The extortionists claim that the tolls are obtained on behalf of the Anambra State Government. We would like to state for the umpteenth time that these tolls are not only illegal but also unconscionable. Even in the middle of the recent recession when various governments in Nigeria introduced different revenue generating schemes so as to meet their basic responsibilities, Governor Willie Obiano rather introduced an economic stimulus package in a bold move to lessen the economic burden on the people. Cart pushers, often referred to as wheel barrow men, were among the first set of the most vulnerable members of society, to be exempted from paying not only taxes but all kinds of revenue to the government.
  4. It is, therefore, heartless for any group of people in the market, or anywhere for that matter, to harass hapless citizens going about their legitimate business for payment of so-called government tolls. Let it be emphasized here that wheel barrow tolls, pitchers tolls, petty traders tolls, obstacle tolls, land tolls, container tolls and barrow tolls remain abolished by the Governor Obiano administration.
  5. The state government hereby authorizes all security agencies in the state, especially the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as Operation Clean and healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade, to arrest all the culprits who make life difficult for our people, especially the less privileged, in the markets and on the roads and streets.
  6. The Anambra State Government is committed to the evolution of a more humane, caring and inclusive society. The government is also committed to promoting the ease of doing business in the state. We note with pride that Anambra State has in recent times recorded some notches up in the ease of doing business. We will sustain the momentum.
  7. All those seeking private gains to the detriment of Ndi Anambra State and their collective future will have no place in the state any more. They must be made to feel the full weight of the law.

Signed

C. Don Adinuba

Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment