The House of Representatives on Tuesday, asked the federal government to lift the ban imposed by Former President Mohammadu Buhari on the supply of petroleum products to stations within 20 kilometres of the country’s land borders.
The lawmakers passed the resolution during the plenary session following the adoption of a motion presented at the chamber by Adegboyega Isiaka from Ogun state.
While moving the motion, Isiaka argued that the ban should be lifted because petrol subsidy has been removed adding that the continued enforcement of the ban is causing hardship to millions of Nigerians living and conducting businesses within the affected areas.
The Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi on Tuesday, while speaking to correspondents at the State house In Abuja, acknowledged that despite the removal of the petrol subsidy, fuel smuggling through the Nigerian land borders still persists and that complete eradication of fuel smuggling may take some time. Adeniyi also clarified that not all Nigerian borders that were closed by the Buhari administration have been reopened, adding that while selected strategic borders were reopened in 2022 several remain closed pending review.
In another development, Former Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has reacted to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah’s comments during the 60th anniversary celebration of Afe Babalola’s call to bar in Ekiti state which he stated that Nigeria witnessed the ugliest phase of corruption during the Buhari administration.
Bishop Kukah had also accused Buhari of developing just his hometown of daura in Katsina State insisting that Kastina enjoyed development over time owing to the fact that it is the hometown of the former head of state, which does not speak well of democracy. Reacting to Kukah’s comments, in a post on Twitter, Femi Adesina stated that the Bishop was simply pained because he did not get any ‘Under-the-Cassock patronage from Buhari.
The Governor of Anambra State, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludu has offered a scholarship to the highest scorer in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, Nkechinyere Umeh. The gesture followed the recent JAMB declaration of Umeh who hails from Anambra State as the highest scorer with a cumulative mark of 360 in the examination.
Soludo’s chief Press secretary said the Governor has congratulated the candidate for making the state proud with her exceptional performance and that the scholarship is to enable her study any course of her choice at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University in Anambra State.
Meanwhile, two young men have broken the disability barrier. One is a young student by the name Kamal Usman, a physically challenged boy who has lost the use of his limbs but has found a way to write with his mouth.Usman is a junior secondary school student at STDSS KAGARA. Then, Murtala Shuaibu, a 55 year old mechanic, who has been blind for over 28 years, despite his disability.