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Burdens, pains of vehicle registration in Nigeria

FRSC Corp Marshal OyeyemiAdesoji Oyinlola, Lagos

Activities of touts around many licensing offices in the country have been on the rise. The touts, despite concerted efforts by the government to dislodge them, are consistently duping many innocent motorists, especially the desperate ones.

Though the government has taken diverse measures and made several efforts using different agencies at both the state and federal levels to sanitise the situation, touting has remained unabated. 

And it is not only in a few instances and states but cuts across all the states of the federation particularly in places where there are increasing demands for vehicle particulars. In this regard, while the scenario painted above exists in all the states of the federation, the situation in some states such as Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt degenerate because of the large number of vehicles available for registration. 

A check by Peoples Daily Weekend revealed that touts are succeeding in their illegal activities because of the uncooperative attitudes of government officials whose legitimate duty it is to assist the people in registering their vehicles, but who would prefer to deploy the services of touts for selfish gains.

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Are Police really friends?

The Nigerian Police Force is said to be a security agency saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties of citizens but events and encounters so many Nigerians have with this force over time have shown that rather than protect them, they endanger their lives and harass them.

Different Inspectors General of Police have over the years said they were going to rid the force of corrupt elements but what the citizens get after all such promises are cases of corruption growing from bad to worse.

Events have also shown that the issue of policemen extorting money from citizens is a ‘legal action’ within the force which is seemingly condoned  right in the presence of superior officers even after such officer has gone on air to say they don’t condone such.

Residents of Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State have often felt the pangs of Police brutality. There have been alleged cases of policemen using commercial buses going round the town as if they were commercial bus drivers at night picking passengers.

Once the bus is filled they will drive straight to their headquarters on Barracks Road in Makurdi and claim the supposed passengers are either robbery suspects or cultists. They will end up forcing relatives of their “suspects” to cough out money to bail their loved ones despite telling the public that bail is free.

They often take advantage of the fact that relatives of the people taken into custody will not want their loved ones to suffer in detention for long.

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Long walk to resolving NASS leadership tussle

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The 8th National Assembly was caught up in the flames of political struggle on 9th of June. This is basically because the leadership of both legislative chambers emerged in defiance to the whims of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Before the election date, there was intense horse-trading among the various interest groups. The APC was projecting candidates (Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila) who were remarked as unpopular among their colleagues, to lead both chambers.

On the other hand, the popular contenders (Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara), were virtually not popular within the APC hierarchy; the party made clear its choice candidates, urging others to step down, hence the battle line was drawn between the APC lawmakers and their party leaders.

This conflict of interest between the APC lawmakers and the APC leaders inadvertently became the genesis of the protracted leadership tussle which rocked the National Assembly; assuming a dimension that almost resulted in implosion of APC.

At an extent, tension became high; scheming became dreadful and tactful, as blackmail and counter blackmail set in, especially in the new media, which x-rayed the deadly politics which went on in the parliament and in the APC.

On the eve of the June 9, the nooks and crannies of the National Assembly became an evidence of the drama that was to usher in the morning of the contest. Accessing the National Assembly was expectedly as tedious as unusual, because the security agencies had cordoned off surrounding environment from previous midnight.

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Long walk to Nigeria’s anti-corruption war

By Osby Isibor

According to economic watchers, corruption is endemic in Nigeria and cuts across every sector of the economy. Corruption has remained the recurring hindrance against good governance, which has been responsible for infrastructural deficits and the general public services delivery decay in Nigeria since independence. For instance, an estimated $400bn of oil revenue has been stolen or misspent since Nigeria’s independence in 1960.

“Corruption in Nigeria is not just endemic, but has become institutionalised. Until the country gets serious about strengthening its institutions, especially in key areas of the economy, this is unlikely to change,” says Lanre Akinola, former editor of the Financial Times’s publication ‘This Is Africa’.

Successive governments even before the return to democracy in 1999 have attempted to fight corruption, with varying degrees of success.

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El-Rufai: The pact with Kaduna beggars

By Osby Isibor.

In the wake of the bomb attack on the city of Zaria two weeks ago, Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, had banned begging in the state. The governor’s action was said to be part of security measures to curtail the incessant activities of terrorists in the state.

El-Rufai had argued that the interest of a group who think they have the right to beg for alms cannot override the security of over eight million people living in the state.

The new policy generated a lot of controversy, praises and condemnations from different quarters. As much as the governor’s decision might be connected to the security terrorism poses to his state, many also believe it’s an opportunity of giving the city an aesthetic facelift.

For those who know El-Rufai and typical of his policies, his words are always backed with actions.

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