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Home Coming: Minister Of Budget State, Honoured

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Dignitaries from all works of life particularly from Edo North, Monday, converged on Agenebode, Etsako East Local Government Area of the state to honour the Minister of Budget and National Planning, State, Prince Clem Agba in a warm party reception organised by Afenmai Patriotic development Association (APDA).

The rich culture of the community and others such as the Ainikeke masquerade of Weppa Uwanu kingdom were in display to hold guests awe with their acrobatic dance.

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Presenting gift of honour to the Minister, the Otaru of Auchi, His Royal Highness, Momoh Ikelebe, described Prince Agba as illustrious and patriotic son of Afenmai whose good works worth emulation.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, State, Prince Clem Agba

While making known that the Prince as a minister now belong to the whole country, he urged him to use his position to influence more development to the area and help Afenmai natives like he did when he was a commissioner in the state.

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We know as a minister, the whole federation is your constituency, we want to however implore you to use your present position to attract more development to our area like you did as a commissioner. We know you as a hardworking and illustrious son of ours, so please attract development to our area and help Afenmia people”, the Monarch added.

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From left 3rd, Minister of Budget and National Planning, State, Prince Agba, his wife Mrs. Agba and the interim president of APDA, Kennedy, Otaru of Auchi HRH, Momoh Kélébé (2nd left) and another traditional ruler at the ceremony

Earlier in his speech, interim president (APDA), Patriot (SHC) Kennedy Izuagbe, said they were proud of the minister for flying the flag of Afenmai without blemish both in the state and national.

We remain proud of the monumental strides he achieved as Commissioner for Environment in the glorious years reigning of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as governor of Edo State”, he added.

He therefore urged Prince Agba to use his present position and collaborate with the state government to harness the abundant minerals resources in Afenmai to develop the area, saying Afenmai deserves more than what it receives going by the resources in the area.

He added, “We implore you to collaborate with the Edo State government for optimal and strategic engagement on the huge natural resources deposited in both land and seas on Afenmai land for the immediate benefits of the Afenmai communities/people.

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Afenmai land is the most blessed part of our dear Edo State but yet the least developed.

“So many of the federal, state and community roads are impassable and have made commerce and social life of our people miserable.

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Knowing your pedigree, we believe that this your appointment will kindle and trigger all that is required to address these yawning developmental gaps in our affairs as a people.”

On his part, the celebrant, Clem Agba, thanked APDA for deeming it fit to honour and give him such warm reception.

He specially thanked the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for recommending him to President Mohammadu Buhari and for Mr. President for appointing him into his next level cabinet, saying he is the first Afenmai person to be appointed at the Federal level since 1999.

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While noting that Afenmai, which comprises of Akoko Edo, Etsako and Owan is peopled by the best brains and leaders that have over the years demonstrated selflessness and commitment to national development, he said the area produced the first female senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The minister who said though he has money to offer individuals, vowed to use his present position to attract more development to the area and also Influence job placement for the Afenmia in his little way.

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Abducted Ondo Monarch Regains Freedom

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The monarch of Oso Ajowa Akoko in in Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Clement Jimoh, who was kidnapped, has regained freedom.

The traditional ruler, who was abducted in his palace, was set free by the bandits after he had spent seven days in their den.

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According to a family source, the monarch was freed on Wednesday evening and he had been taken to the hospital where he was receiving treatment.

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Kabiyesi regained freedom yesterday (Wednesday) evening but he has been taken to the hospital for treatment,” the source stated.

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Withdrawal Limits: Senate Raises Concerns, To Debate New CBN

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

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The Senate has raised concerns about the latest Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on cash withdrawals.

Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda in a point of order during plenary on Wednesday called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy and demanded for caution as it will affect many Nigerians, especially small business owners.

In his response, Senate President Ahmad Lawan cautions the CBN not to approach the policy by jumping into it at once as many Nigerians will be affected.

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He further noted that there is a need to engage the CBN in discussions to get more details of the policy and he directs the committee on banking to discuss this matter during the screening of the CBN Deputy Governors expected to hold before next week.

The Senate has set next Tuesday to debate the new CBN policy.

Under the new withdrawal policy, the CBN restricted the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.

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The CBN stated, however, that withdrawals above the thresholds would attract processing fees of 5 per cent and 10 per cent respectively for individuals and corporate entities going forward.

In addition, third-party cheques above N50,000 shall not be eligible for OTC payment while extant limits of N10 million on clearing cheques still remain.

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The new withdrawal regime further pegged the maximum cash withdrawal per week via Automated teller Machine (ATM) at N100,000 subject to a maximum of N20,000 cash withdrawal per day.

 

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IGP Launches Portal To Report Stolen Vehicles

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As precautionary measures to tackle vehicle theft, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has launched a platform for Nigerians to report cases of stolen vehicles.

Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, said the digitalized platform – Central Motor Registry (CMR) – successfully completed and commissioned by the IGP is situated at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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He said the platform launch followed the “IGP’s quest to ensure a digital environment for policing the country for robust and more proactive measures in crime prevention, investigation, and prosecution.”

“The newly digitalized Central Motor Registry Command Centre will make it possible for members of the public to report vehicles stolen from as far back as 1st January, 2018, and yet-to-be-recovered to input the vehicle details on the online platform to serve as a reliable data point for the possible recovery of the vehicle,” he stated.

“The platform will also process motor vehicle information to support police operations and efforts toward enhancing national security.”

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With the CMR having two Command Centres in Abuja and Lagos, Adejobi said 37 Information Centres are located across the Country and in the Federal Capital Territory, with 200 e-Enforcement Operational Patrol Vehicles with automatic number plate recognition on each vehicle as part of the first batch.

He also asked Nigerians and other residents in the country to take advantage of the platform at https://reportcmr.npf.gov.ng to upload their vehicle information on the website with effect from today 7th December, 2022, as a security step for preventing it from being stolen and re-registered.

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