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AHMED MARI, Maiduguri

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government will soon embark on the rebuilding and rehabilitation of all villages, towns, houses, markets and places of worships of all communities displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja

The House of Representatives is set to propose an International Donor Conference to the Federal Government on the rehabilitation and rebuilding of North Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe which have suffered devastation as a result of terrorist activities.

The Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara dropped the hint while addressing Representatives from the zone who paid him a congratulatory visit in his office.

Dogara, in reaction to the spirit of brotherhood and unity displayed by the caucuses stressed the need for a legislation that would galvanise both local and international financial support for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the affected areas as well as victims.

He said, “We from the Northeast need to craft a motion to suggest to the Federal Government to convene an International Donor Conference for the purpose of the Northeast which has been ravaged by insurgency.”


“I want this motion to be sponsored by a member from the region so as to call on the Federal Government to convene such a conference to raise funds for the rebuilding and rehabilitation of our region, most especially, the states most affected by Boko Haram.

“We cannot afford to wait for the Federal Government to take the initiative which is why we as Representatives of our people need to show the way by suggesting it to Mr. President. As you know, there is no single region without a problem requiring his urgent attention. So we must do everything within our powers to bring succour to the long suffering people of the Northeast,”  Dogara stressed.

He urged lawmakers from the zone to rally round his leadership with a view to building consensus among lawmakers of other zones so as to achieve the needed stability for effective performance.

“We cannot waste our time bickering over who voted for us or who did not. We must deliver good governance. And I always use this medium to thank Mr. President for his neutral stand on the issue of National Assembly leadership because if not for him; nobody from the Northeast would have become Speaker.

“The nature of the very peculiar circumstances we have found ourselves in this country at the moment demands that we all work collectively as we do not have the luxury of bickering and adoption of divide and rule.

“If we don’t recognise this fact and work to provide the needed leadership, then this country is doomed.
The institution is not about us. It’s about the people who sent us here. Nigerians are watching to see us address the issues that affect them.

Lawmakers of Northeast extraction had earlier in their goodwill message to the Speaker expressed joy for having one of their own as the number four citizen even though they were not able to support his bid as a result of party directive which was to favour another son of the zone who vied for the Senate Presidency, Senator Ahmed Lawan

COMFORT EKELEME

Federal Government has approved the strengthening and harmonization of taxes and levies across the country, as part of efforts to ensure that they do not go out of business.
Speaking in Abuja recently at a forum organized by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CITN), President Goodluck Jonathan said it had become imperative to strengthen and harmonize the nation’s taxes and levies in order to avoid the multiple taxation currently witnessed in the country.

The Federal Government on Thursday said it had paid N156 billion debt to oil marketers in line with its commitment to prioritise payments in spite of revenue constraints.
This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mr. Paul Nwabuikwu, on Thursday in Abuja.

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