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Ogun: NANS Knocks PDP Chieftain Over Comment On Gov Abiodun

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Ogun State has reacted to a statement credited to a former aide of Atiku Abubakar, Segun Showunmi, that Governor Dapo Abiodun was running Ogun State like a Level 13 civil servant.

While noting that they would not love to dabble into politics, the students accused Showunmi of denigrating the hard labour of workers in the state, saying “when criticism comes as a commercial venture in order to unscrupulously receive gratification, then it must be rebutted instantly.”

Describing Segun Showunmi as a “serial rabble-rouser whose uncultured and uninformed utterances have gathered undue attention in the media,” the students maintained that “only an irresponsible adult will denigrate the hard labour of indispensable civil servants by insinuating that they are senseless.”

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“Coming from a supposed elder statesman who has enjoyed all his life, the largesse derived from the toilings of civil servants in form of dividends of democracy, the statement is not only preposterous and unbecoming, it also points towards amnesia,” it was said.

According to a statement made available to DAILY POST on Saturday, Ogun NANS Chairman, Damilola Simeon, stressed that they would remind their civil servant parents of the “monumental insult” whenever Showunmi appears to seek their votes.

“A wise man once said that, ‘He who must come to equity, must come with clean hands’. Therefore, if anyone must criticise the government, it should not be Segun Showunmi who has a record of speaking from both sides of his mouth.

“This is because constructive criticism is a fundamental feature of democracy and must not be tainted by people whose intention is to increase their waning relevance and generate unmerited attention.

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“At the initial emergence of the present government, Segun Showunmi was a full-time critic until he offered his conscience for a paltry sum of money under the table.

READ ALSO: PDP Chieftain Lambasts Dapo Abiodun, Says He Lacks Intellectual Capacity To Govern Ogun

“Hon. Segun Showunmi should come out to account for how much exchanged hands to facilitate his media sabbatical leave.

“Even as we emphasise that the utterances are nothing but a drowning man’s attempt to grasp straws, we advise Hon. Segun Showunmi to complete his university degree at the University of Lagos before engaging in a discourse that is clearly out of his league.

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“Finally, we hereby call on responsible and dignified individuals who are not political merchants and jobbers to air objective criticism so we can further drive Ogun State forward,” the statement reads.


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#EndSARS anniversary: Police Occupy Lekki Toll Gate, Others, Activists Set For Protest [PHOTOS]

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There are strong indications that security agents and protesters will clash in many cities across the country today (Wednesday) as activists and youths insist on gathering in public spaces to commemorate the first year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests, which rocked the nation last year.

For instance, heavily armed police personnel, on Tuesday, took over the Lekki tollgate area, which was the hotbed of last year’s protests.

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The PUNCH also learnt that some policemen in plain clothes would join the protesters in a bid to monitor them closely.


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DPR, PPPRA, PEF Scrapped As FG Sacks CEOs, Inaugurates New Agencies

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The Department of Petroleum Resources, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund are all officially scrapped and do not exist anymore, the Federal Government said on Monday.

It also said while workers of the three agencies would be protected, their chief executives had been relieved of their various appointments.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, stated this while speaking on the side-lines of the inauguration of the boards of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority and the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission in Abuja.

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He explained that with the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act, the NPRA and NURC had taken over the functions of the DPR, PPPRA and PEF.

Responding to a question on what would happen to DPR following the inauguration of the board of NURC, Sylva said, “It is now a matter of law.

“The law states that all the assets and even the staff of the DPR are to be invested on the commission and also in the authority. So that means the DPR doesn’t exist anymore.

“And, of course, the law specifically repeals the DPR Act, the Petroleum Inspectorate Act, the Petroleum Equalisation Fund Act and the PPPRA Act. The law specifically repeals them. It is very clear that those agencies do not exist anymore.”

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On what would happen to the chief executives and employees of DPR, PEF and PPPRA, the minister replied, “The law also provides for the staff and the jobs in those agencies to be protected.

“But I’m sure that that doesn’t cover, unfortunately, the chief executives, who were on political appointments.”

He stated that the process for aligning the workers of the defunct agencies with the new regulatory bodies had already commenced, as the staff had to be rationalised.

Sylva said, “The authority has its staff coming from the defunct PEF, PPPRA and DPR. The commission has staff coming over from DPR and the process is going on for the next few weeks.”

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Sylva stated that the inauguration of the boards on Monday marked the beginning of the successor agencies.

He said, “The PIA provides for the upstream regulatory commission and the establishment of the midstream and downstream authority.

“So far, the chief executives of these agencies have not been in place, but of course, Mr President in his wisdom made the appointment a few weeks ago and they went through a rigorous process of confirmation at the National Assembly.

“The agencies have now taken off because they now have clear leadership and today’s event marks that beginning for the new agencies.”

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He further stated that with the passage of the PIA into law, after spending over 20 years in the process, the coast was now clear for investors to fully invest in Nigeria’s oil sector.

“Today, the PIA has clarified the legal framework around the sector and the agencies are now in place. So I don’t see anything now stopping investors from coming,” the minister stated.

READ ALSO: PIA: IYC Denies Planned One Million-Man Protest

He said competent hands were now handling the business, adding, “Nigerians should brace up for exponential growth in the oil and gas sector.”

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The Chief Executive, NURC, Gbenga Komolafe, said the commission would deliver on its mandate as captured in the new petroleum Act.

Nigerians should expect massive deliverables in the sense that the PIA has ended the regime of uncertainty in terms of the governance of the industry,” he said.

He also said the commission would ensure that the country hits its OPEC quota in crude oil production, as the NURC would be an enabler of investments.

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EndSARS: Police Warn Against Protest In Oyo

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Oyo State Police command, on Tuesday, said that it will not allow anyone to organize any protest in the state.

The police made this disclosure while reacting to a protest, which has been scheduled to hold in commemoration of the anniversary of End SARS protest in the state.

DAILY POST correspondent recalls that the End SARS protest, which was organised by youths in October last year, was held in order to protest against police brutality.

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It was gathered that no fewer than five police officers died during the protest in the state last year.

Several properties were also destroyed during the protests.

The state police command has, however, advised youths not to organise any commemorative protest in Oyo State.

Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, who spoke on Tuesday, noted that the police in the state has uncovered a plan to organise the maiden anniversary of the protests.

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Onadeko in a statement signed by Public Relations Officer of the command, Adewale Onadeko, urged parents and guardians to warn their wards against being used by merchants of anarchy.

He said that the police would use all legal means to prevent such protests.

He maintained that violators would be sanctioned and prosecuted.

Consequent upon this, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, Ngozi Onadeko fdc, is appealing to individual(s), groups and most importantly architects of these sinister plans, to have a rethink as the Command would not hesitate to use any legitimate means necessary within the ambit of the law to enforce sanity and prevent needless loss of lives and wanton destruction of private and public properties including critical government infrastructures which could emanate from the proposed protests.

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“In furtherance to the above, the Commissioner of Police has directed extensive visibility and aggressive patrols by Area commanders and Divisional Police Officers while adequate deployment of operational, intelligence and tactical assets would be strategically positioned across every nook and cranny of the State to compliment and neutralize any threat or act(s) capable of truncating the relative calm enjoyed by the citizenry.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Police Ban EndSARS Protest In Lagos

“Furthermore, Parents, guardians and leaders that wield various degrees of influence in religious, educational and traditional capacities are passionately advised to warn their wards and proteges against being used by merchants of anarchy as violators would be thoroughly sanctioned and prosecuted.”

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