FG abandons cassava, wheat composite flour policy, LASG appeals judgement on Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge case & other important news you should know today

by Oge Okonkwo


Lagos State Government appeals against the judgement on Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge case

The Lagos State Government has formally appealed against the judgment delivered by the Federal High Court presided over by Justice S. Saidu on March 27, 2014 which held that there was no law to cover the toll being collected by Lagos State Government.

In the notice of appeal dated Friday, March 28, 2014 and filed on the same date, Lagos State Government is challenging the decision arrived at by the Federal High Court to the effect that the fact of payment by its contractors to National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) was an admission by the State that the Federal Government had constitutional or legislative authority to regulate inland waterways throughout the country.

More importantly, the State Government wants the Court of Appeal to reverse the decision of the Federal High Court to the effect that there was no law enacted by the Lagos State House of Assembly authorising the State to impose tolls on public infrastructure in the State. According to the State Government, the Lagos State Public Private Partnership Law No. 2 of 2011 clearly empowers the Government to specify the service charges, user fees or tolls which are payable in respect of designated public infrastructure or public assets.

In addition to the Notice of Appeal, the State Government by an application dated and filed on Mach 28, 2014 in the Federal High Court, is praying for an order to stay the execution of the judgment delivered in the suit and to restrain the Respondents from giving effect to the judgment delivered pending the determination of the appeal filed against the said judgment.

The processes have been served on all the parties to the suit and Thursday, April 3, 2014 has been fixed by the Appeal Section of the Federal High Court for settlement of record of proceedings.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the application for stay of execution.

FG abandons cassava, wheat composite flour policy

The federal government may have abandoned the cassava inclusion policy after facing stiff resistance  from strong interest groups in the wheat importing and processing industry.

The policy, which was first introduced during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, mandates flour millers to include five percent cassava flour in wheat flour meant for the baking of bread and the production of other confectioneries. Read more….

We won’t vacate our seats – Defected Reps

The 37 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the House of Representatives, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, appealed Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s ruling that they illegally left the PDP for the APC and, therefore, should resign.

Describing the ruling as a miscarriage of justice, the lawmakers vowed not to vacate their seats because there is no court judgment in the House of Representatives directing them to do so. Read more….

Policemen occupy Ibadan ‘forest of horror’

Policemen from the Oyo State Police Command and the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, have taken over the Soka “forest of horror” in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The FCID team, which includes forensic experts, arrived in the state last Friday.

Residents are prevented from going near the crime scene to enable the police carry out their investigation undisturbed. Read more….

APC remains the party to beat

Contrary to insinuations that he was on his way out of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Deputy National Chairman (South), Senator Annie Okonkwo, has said that he has no plans of ditching the party he helped to found in the South-East.

And in spite of  bickering in Anambra State chapter,  Okonkwo said he elected  to remain in the party because it is the only party that can salvage Nigeria from her multifarious challenges. Read more….


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