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Tinubu to Receive Bill on Regional Government Reform Next Week

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– Bill seeks to replace 1999 Constitution
– Proposes federal/regional system of government
– President Tinubu to receive bill next week

A bill aimed at reforming Nigeria’s government system will be transmitted to President Bola Tinubu next week.

The proposed legislation, titled “The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria New Governance Model for Nigeria Act 2024”, seeks to establish a federal/regional system.

The bill’s drafter, Dr. Akin Fapohunda, has chosen to send the proposal directly to the President, bypassing the National Assembly.

Fapohunda’s decision comes after the House of Representatives disowned the draft bill, stating it was not before any committee for deliberation.

The bill’s preliminaries cite the need for a constitution that reflects the consensus of the Nigerian people.

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Ramaphosa Begins New Term as South Africa’s President

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– Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in for second term as South Africa’s president
– Ramaphosa hails “new era” of unity and cooperation
– Coalition government formed after May election produced no outright winner

Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in for a second full term as South Africa’s president on Wednesday, promising a “new era” of unity and cooperation.

The 71-year-old leader took the oath of office at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, surrounded by lawmakers, foreign dignitaries, and cheering supporters. Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) formed a coalition government after the May election produced no outright winner.

Ramaphosa’s inauguration marked a significant moment in South African history, as the country transitions to a new era of governance.

The president emphasized the need for unity and cooperation, saying “the voters of South Africa did not give any single party the full mandate to govern our country alone.”

He urged political parties to work together to address the country’s challenges and realize the people’s aspirations.

The ceremony was attended by numerous heads of state, including Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Angolan President Joao Lourenco.

Ramaphosa is expected to announce his cabinet in the coming days, as talks with coalition members continue.

The president promised to reject any attempts to divide or distract the country, saying “we must work together for the sake of our people.”

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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis

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– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”

 

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