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Tambuwal, Matawalle call for collective effort to solve Nigeria’s insecurity

Tambuwal, Matawalle call for collective effort to solve Nigeria’s insecurity

Sokoto State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and his Zamfara counterpart, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, on Sunday said the nation’s insecurity challenges requires concerted effort to resolve them.

They stated this while speaking to journalists at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North East Local Government Area, shortly after a condolence visit on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on the demise of his father, late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa.

Tambuwal who is Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor’s Forum said there is the need for all leaders to come together and work hard to save the situation.

“Without security there cannot be any development and there cannot be peace and you need peace and security to govern and you also need peace and security for you to carry out business transactions and even worship so its key and very fundamental for development in any society.

“So my charge is that all of us as leaders must come together irrespective of whatever views we may have in terms of approach to how the insecurity should be resolved.

“We should all be seen to be working together in coming up with a synergy and a template for resolving all of these conflicts,” he said.

On the new Service Chiefs, Tambuwal said they should be given a chance to show their capacity to resolve the lingering insecurity issues in the country.

“They have just resumed and i think they should be given a chance to work.

“They know the issues and they know why all of us and many Nigerians came out to say that the other Service chiefs should give way for new hands to come in and they should listen to the people and do what is required of them by securing Nigerians,” Tambuwal stated.

He commiserated with Governor Okowa on the death of his father, saying the late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa lived a very impactful life and would be long remembered for raising children that have made great impacts in the society.

He said that the late Okowa was a great inspiration to his family members and a great patriarch and torchbearer.

On his part, Matawalle said Zamfara had been the epicentre of bandits in Northern Nigeria.

He said his administration has recorded a lot of successes using the kinetic and non kinetic approach.

“As a person I couldn’t just fold my hands and watch my people being killed. We have been fighting that battle using two approaches, the kinetic and non kinetic and we have recorded some successes.

“We are all together, we are the same as one and we have been preaching peace because we want Nigeria to remain one.

“The security of the nation is not just for us as government but for all of us and we have lots of roles we can play as individuals so that we can be at peace as a nation,” Matawalle said.

Responding, Okowa thanked his Sokoto State and Zamfara counterparts for coming to condole with him.

He said his late father inspired him a lot in his political career.

“My dear brothers, I must truly thank both of you for coming because I know how far Sokoto and Zamfara is to Delta.

“I also know that you have security issues in both states but despite that you still found time to come and condole with me on the death of my father.

“Despite the age he passed on, its still a lot of pain to us. In the last two weeks we have received a lot of condolence messages and visits and my siblings and I are truly grateful.

“Upon retirement as a teacher, he went into politics and God used him to guide me when I eventually entered politics years after.

“We missed him a lot but we are further consoled by the love from Nigerians.

“I know what insecurity is to any Governor and I pray that God will enable us to handle the various challenges we have in our various states,” Okowa stated.

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Delta approves over N16bn for roads Delta Government on Thursday announced the approval of the construction and rehabilitation of no fewer than 15 roads across the state at a cost of about N16 billion. This was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa. Briefing newsmen after the council meeting at the Government House, Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the roads approved were spread across the three senatorial districts for fairness and equity. Aniagwu listed the roads as construction of a bridge across River Ethiope in Umusume Quarters, Obiaruku; internal roads in Okpara-inland, construction of Ituru Road, Elume; construction of Deghele-Bateren Township road in Warri South-West. Others are construction of Oporoza Township Roads in Gbaramatu and construction of Ogbe-Ijoh internal roads in Ogbe-Ijoh, both in Warri South-West and construction of Dantinajo Gold Resort Road, Oleh, Isoko South. They also include the construction and reconstruction of Iregwa/Baleke and adjoining streets in Agbor, Ika South; reconstruction and overlay of Owerre-Olubo/Ute-Ogbeje road, Ika North-East. The commissioner also said that construction of Obi-Ibabu/Ibabu road in Ndokwa West; rehabilitation and expansion of Old Lagos By-Pass (linking Benin/Asaba Expressway to Asaba/Okpanam Road) as well as construction of critical adjoining roads and discharge channel, Okpanam, Oshimili North, were approved by the council. Others in the area, according to him, are construction of Isoko drive/Sir Eric Obiazi street, Madagwa Street/Amantu Crescent, GRA Phase 5, Asaba, Oshimili South and construction of Flood Control Measures on Summit Road through Nwelih Street, St. Patrick’s College, West-End Mixed Secondary School and Uche Medua Ige close. Aniagwu added that the government had approved comprehensive upgrade of facilities in Central Hospitals in Kwale, Ughelli, Oleh, Agbor, Warri and Sapele. He disclosed that approval was also given for Delta Cares Programme, a partnership programme with the World Bank, to resuscitate small and micro businesses affected by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. The commissioner also stated that the council approved the payment of retirement benefits to some retirees of Delta State University, whose cases had problems.

Delta approves over N16bn for roads

Delta Government on Thursday announced the approval of the construction and rehabilitation of no fewer than 15 roads across the state at a cost of about N16 billion.

This was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa.

Briefing newsmen after the council meeting at the Government House, Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said that the roads approved were spread across the three senatorial districts for fairness and equity.

Aniagwu listed the roads as construction of a bridge across River Ethiope in Umusume Quarters, Obiaruku; internal roads in Okpara-inland, construction of Ituru Road, Elume; construction of Deghele-Bateren Township road in Warri South-West.

Others are construction of Oporoza Township Roads in Gbaramatu and construction of Ogbe-Ijoh internal roads in Ogbe-Ijoh, both in Warri South-West and construction of Dantinajo Gold Resort Road, Oleh, Isoko South.

 

They also include the construction and reconstruction of Iregwa/Baleke and adjoining streets in Agbor, Ika South; reconstruction and overlay of Owerre-Olubo/Ute-Ogbeje road, Ika North-East.

The commissioner also said that construction of Obi-Ibabu/Ibabu road in Ndokwa West; rehabilitation and expansion of Old Lagos By-Pass (linking Benin/Asaba Expressway to Asaba/Okpanam Road) as well as construction of critical adjoining roads and discharge channel, Okpanam, Oshimili North, were approved by the council.

 

Others in the area, according to him, are construction of Isoko drive/Sir Eric Obiazi street, Madagwa Street/Amantu Crescent, GRA Phase 5, Asaba, Oshimili South and construction of Flood Control Measures on Summit Road through Nwelih Street, St. Patrick’s College, West-End Mixed Secondary School and Uche Medua Ige close.

 

Aniagwu added that the government had approved comprehensive upgrade of facilities in Central Hospitals in Kwale, Ughelli, Oleh, Agbor, Warri and Sapele.

He disclosed that approval was also given for Delta Cares Programme, a partnership programme with the World Bank, to resuscitate small and micro businesses affected by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

The commissioner also stated that the council approved the payment of retirement benefits to some retirees of Delta State University, whose cases had problems.

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LG Polls: PDP presents flags to chairmanship candidates in Delta

LG Polls: PDP presents flags to chairmanship candidates in Delta

The Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday presented flags to its chairmanship candidates and their deputies in the 25 local government areas for the March 6, 2021 council elections in the state.

Speaking at the event held at the party’s Secretariat in Asaba, Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Kingsley Esiso, said that with the numerous achievements of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration in the state, the party had many projects to campaign with.

He called on all party faithful to prepare for electioneering and urged them to ensure that they adhered to COVID-19 protocol during the rallies.

Esiso said that Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) was ready to conduct free and fair elections, and remarked that the opposition was not prepared for the elections.

He urged leaders to give total support to all candidates of the party to enable win the elections convincingly.

“Today is a very important day in the history of our great party. I apologise to members of our party throughout the state for shutting them out of this exercise; it was due to the COVID-19 protocol.

“The election of chairmen and councilors has been slated for March 6, 2021 and in December, 2020, we took out time to select our candidates in a way and manner that ensured peaceful relations within the party.

“For those not satisfied with the process, we apologise and we are sorry; today is not your turn, tomorrow could be your turn, so be patient.

“We have taken actions to ensure that our party wins the elections come March 6 and we have a lot to campaign with because our Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has performed very well in every Ward in the state.

“So, get yourselves acquainted with all the projects executed in every ward because they are the instruments you will require in the campaigns,” Esiso stated.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of the candidates, Dr Richard Kofi of Ughelli South Local Government Area, thanked the party for the opportunity to have him and his colleagues as its flag bearers and assured that victory would be secured for all candidates on March 6.

Those presented with flags were Kelvin Okwechime, Aniocha North; Jude Chukwunwike, Aniocha South; William Agadi, Bomadi; Godknows Angele, Burutu; Victor Ofobrukueta, Ethiope East; Oghenedoro Ovwoso, Ethiope West; Victor Ebonka, Ika North East; Sunday Tatabuzogwu, Ika South and Christian Iteire, Isoko North.

 

Others were Victor Asasa, Isoko South; Juan Governor, Ndokwa East; Obi Nzete, Ndokwa West; Isaiah Esiovwa, Okpe; Innocent Esewezie, Oshimili North; Kelvin Ezenyili, Oshimili South; Isaac Aguanah, Patani; Eugene Inoaghan, Sapele; Jite Brown, Udu and Possible Ajede, Ukwuani.

 

Also given the flag were Godwin Adode, Ughelli North; Richard Kofi, Ughelli South; Ramsey Onoyake, Uvwie; Smart Asekutu, Warri North; Michael Tidi, Warri South and Duke Tuoyo, Warri South-West.

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CDWR BACKS ONDO DOCTORS’ INDEFINITE STRIKE AGAINST HALF SALARY REGIME AND POOR WORKING CONDITIONS

February 10, 2021

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CDWR BACKS ONDO DOCTORS’ INDEFINITE STRIKE AGAINST HALF SALARY REGIME AND POOR WORKING CONDITIONS

WE CALL ON THE ONDO GOVERNMENT TO MEET DOCTORS’ DEMANDS AND END HALF SALARY REGIME

The Ondo State doctors are currently on an indefinite strike over half salary regime, unpaid 3 months’ salary and poor working conditions. The doctors are also demanding the appointment of more doctors to replace those that left, implementation of Group Life Insurance, an end to half salary regime and improvement in the working conditions.

Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) backs the Ondo state doctors’ indefinite strike, and we call on the doctors to engage in an active strike action via public protest, rallies and media campaigns for the purpose of engaging the public and sustaining public support.

To the CDWR, half salary regime and poor working conditions are attacks on Nigerian workers and anti-labour policies. The country is presently in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic and yet, healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, etc) who are in the frontline in the fight against the pandemic are treated with disdain. Ondo state ranks 10th in the country of the most affected COVID-19 infections and deaths with 2563 infected cases and 55 deaths. Ondo state government has no justification to subject healthcare workers and workers in general to fractional salaries, rather the government should be paying higher wages to workers by now considering the rising cost of living.

Ondo State Government had earlier reached an agreement with labour leaders to pay Ondo state public sector workers half salary. The Ondo State Labour leaders shamefacedly and sheepishly accepted half salary regime after the Ondo State Head of Service (HOS) Dare Aragbaiye claimed that federal allocation receipts for the month of December 2020 was N2.3 billion after deductions of government obligations whereas total gross salary payable to all categories of workers summed up to N5.21 billion. The government is yet to make public what constitute government obligations and the reasons it has to be prioritized ahead of workers’ salaries. Besides, the government is also yet to inform the public the amount of internally generated revenue on a monthly basis. CDWR demands an independent and transparent probe of Ondo state funds in the last 21 years by elected workers and community people to ascertain how public funds have been utilized.

CDWR does not see what is more obligatory to the government than workers’ salary, retirees’ pension and social spending on education, health care and basic infrastructure. But the government prioritizes payments of dues/interest of a privileged-few in government and the private sector including the bankers and contractors whose contractual arrangements are fraudulent and give room for looting public funds far more than workers welfare. For instance, security votes are guaranteed because it is a cesspool of corruption and cost of executing projects through contract system that is usually and highly inflated is another means of looting public funds. Moreover, jumbo salaries and allowances of political office holders are guaranteed and are never affected in any way but salaries of workers are sacrificed whenever there is a decline in federal allocations. The manner the capitalist government is running the states and the federal government means that workers and masses will always be at the receiving end.

The Ondo State labour leaders who agreed with the government to pay workers half salaries did not carry the rank and file workers along and there was no congress of workers where the issue was discussed and agreed upon. Hence, the action of Ondo State labour leaders is undemocratic and anti-workers. We call on the labour leaders to rescind the half salary agreement and insist that the government pays workers their full salaries and also fully implement the N30,000 minimum wage. We call on Ondo State workers to put pressure on their leaders to convoke a well mobilized Congress as a means of embarking on the path of mass struggle and strike action to reverse the half salary regime and demand also that jumbo salaries of political office holders be reduced to the wage of skilled workers, an end to security votes and an end to the fraudulent contract system as a means of freeing some public funds for investment and payment of salaries and pensions.

Currently, the fast-rising cost of living in the last one year has wiped out the little increase that came with the N30,000 minimum wage as workers in Ondo state workers and workers in general, are in dire need of increased salaries in line with the growing rate of inflation and the rising cost of living.

CDWR demands the following:

· An end to half salary regime and immediate payment of all backlog workers’ salaries.

· An end to jumbo salaries and allowances for all political office holders, and placement of political office holders on the wage structure of skilled civil servants.

· Increase in workers’ salaries to meet the rising cost of living and inflation.

· Adequate funding of healthcare services to guarantee better services.

· An end to security votes.

· An end contract system and adequately funded public works under democratic control by workers and communities.

 

SIGNED

Comrade Rufus Olusesan Comrade Chinedu Bosah

National Chairperson National Publicity Secretary

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COVID-19: Delta mobile courts commence sitting on COVID-19 protocol

COVID-19: Delta mobile courts commence sitting on COVID-19 protocol

The Chief Judge of Delta, Justice Marshall Umukoro, on Tuesday announced that mobile courts for non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols would commence sitting across the state on Wednesday.

Umukoro announced this in Asaba at the reopening of the rebuilt High Court Complex which was burnt down during ENDSARS protests in 2020.

He called on the public to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols to avoid prosecution.

“As from tomorrow (Wednesday), the mobile court on COVID-19 will start sitting. So, the media should spread the news and let the people know that anybody not wearing face masks from tomorrow will be prosecuted,” he stated.

The chief judge urged youths in the state to live within the ambits of the law, adding that most youths who fell short of the law were products of broken homes.

“We pray that our youths should be able to live within the limit of the law and morality.

“Most of the youths who engage in crimes are all products of broken homes. I go for prison visits and mostly all the inmates there are products of broken homes,” he said.

Umukoro also announced that the Local Government Elections Tribunals to receive petitions that would arise from the Local Government Councils elections scheduled for March 6, 2021would be inaugurated Feb. 17.

“The law says that, latest two weeks before the election, the Election Petitions Tribunals ought to have been in place.

“So on the 17th of February, we will inaugurate the tribunals to receive petitions from the three senatorial districts in the state,” he stated.

Speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for Information in the state,, Mr Charles Aniagwu, told newsmen that the state government was building a new high court complex that would accommodate all the judges in Asaba.

He said Governor Okowa’s administration was conscious of access to justice and dispensation of justice in the state hence it embarked on the construction of the high court headquarters.

“Of course, you are aware of the new High Court building that is ongoing.

“A six-storey building that will house the office of the CJ and other Judges and it will be well digitalised to help in the speedy dispensation of justice,” Aniagwu said.

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Rivers State: Soot And The Dangers Of Its Emission, A Call For Action, By Nwaorgu Faustinus

Rivers State: Soot And The Dangers Of Its Emission, A Call For Action, By Nwaorgu Faustinus

A clean, pure, healthy environment and atmospheric air or rather oxygen that we human beings take in on a daily basis plays an important role in the longevity and good health we as human beings enjoy. However, the opposite could be said of a milieu or an environment which is polluted with soot.

Few years ago in Rivers State, there was massive reportage on the issue at hand – dangers of soot, otherwise known as “Particle Pollution” called PM 2.5—particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller. Recently, many residents residing in Port Harcourt, Rivers State have taken to some social media platforms and groups to raise their voice regarding the soot palaver and the danger it poses if left unchecked.

Soot can be defined as a deep black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter. It can also be said to be a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, particularly coal. It is emitted by a variety of sources, including burning coal for electricity or industrial fuel, manufacturing, oil refining, and motor vehicles. Soot is released into the air as either extremely small particles or liquid droplets.

It (soot) contains a number of pollutants, not limited to chemicals only, but also acids, metals, soils, and dust, which are hung up in the air after emission. Soot can come in solid, liquid, or gaseous states but for the purpose of this piece, I shall limit myself to the “deep black powdery” substance and its inherent danger, effect and harm to human life and health.

Particle Pollution does pose great harms to public health, particularly because of its size. Because of the tiny nature of particulate matter, it can easily enter our lungs and bloodstream, thereby causing damage in a number of ways.

According to a U S governmental Agency, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, with its headquarters in Washington DC averred that “Microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and have been linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma among children.”

For the American Lung Association, breathing particle pollution can potentially cause “cancer and developmental and reproductive harm.”

It is as a result of the above harm associated with soot that an advocacy group which goes by the name Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative CQTI through its National President, Chief Obiaruko Christy Ndukwe said,“Everyone who lives or sleeps in Rivers State, particularly in Port Harcourt and its environs are daily inhaling the black soot, a hazardous byproduct of illegal oil bunkering and local refining of crude.

“I will in my subsequent posts elucidate the side effects of this silent and slow killer which pervades the entire atmosphere.

“In spite of several protests and calls by civil society groups led by the likes of Eugene Abels and others, the two Governments-Federal and State have kept mute while those predisposed to respiratory infections not excluding the deadly Covid virus are daily subjected to slow death!

“It’s about time we push for a solution to this either through better ways of engaging in the brisk business of local refineries in order to save the atmosphere and in turn the masses.

 

“Not everyone can afford a humidifier just as the majority do not even know of its importance.

#StopBlackSoot and #SaveRiversLives at Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative.”

The above situation calls for urgent affirmative action on the part of the Federal and State government to contain, stop and minimize to the lowest level all actions or activities such as illegal oil bunkering and local refining of crude that give rise to soot emission in Rivers State.

Making appropriate legislation by both governments that will ensure clean air, enable the building of modular refineries, obliterate all forms of illegal oil bunkering and local refining of crude will definitely serve as the right step in the right direction towards confronting soot emission. There is no other better time to act if not now.

The health and life of every Rivers State resident matters.

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DTSG To Evaluate Five Years Performance Of Students In WAEC, NECO, Other Exams

DTSG To Evaluate Five Years Performance Of Students In WAEC, NECO, Other Exams

The Delta State Government has reaffirmed its readiness to request for at least fives years results of all schools in the state from the We

st African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO) and others in order to evaluate the performance of its students in the examinations.

The State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, made this known in Asaba, Kwale and Agbor respectively during interactive meetings with the members of the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) drawn from various local government areas of the state.

He said that once the evaluation is completed, it will guide the Ministry in mapping out strategies that will enhance better preparations for external examinations by students in the state.

Mr. Ukah, who said that the purpose of the meeting was to ascertain the challenges facing teaching and learning, especially in an emergency situation bedevilled by COVID-19, underscored the importance of leveraging on every available opportunity and teaching hours to add value to the students through effective teaching and learning.

The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner emphasised the strong need to observe all COVID-19 preventive measures in and outside the school environment and enjoined the children to always wear their facemasks, wash their hands properly and ensure physical distancing at all times.

He noted that the Telclass programme of the ministry was aimed at complementing teaching and learning, even as he decried incessant vandalism of school facilities and called for a change of the negative attitude of unscrupulous individuals.

Earlier, the Director of Schools, Mrs. Clementina Ojumah, who tasked the principals to redouble their efforts in ensuring the overall academic wellbeing of the children, said that the Commissioner was in their mist to feel their pulse on their individual challenges and devise measures to tackle the problems.

The local government areas that participated in the interactive meetings included Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Aniocha South, Aniocha North, Ukwuani, Ethiope East, Okpe , Ndokwa West and Ndokwa East .

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APC: Reminder about Our Values

APC: Reminder about Our Values

Salihu Moh. Lukman
Progressive Governors Forum
Abuja

Around late evening of Monday, February 8, 2021, Nigerian media, especially social media, became alive with photos of our National Chairman, HE Mai Mala Buni and our Kogi State Governor, HE Yahaya Bello, in the company of Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, a notable leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The speculation is that Mr. Fani-Kayode is on his way to joining the APC. The verdict in most media platforms is quite disturbing, but justifiably so, if the news about Mr. Fani-Kayode joining the APC is true.

Without recalling all the terrible statements of Mr. Fani-Kayode against the APC and our leadership, this development may be confirming James Comey’s argument in the book A Higher Loyalty – Truth, Lies and Leadership when he points out that ‘The danger in every organization, especially one built around hierarchy, is that you create an environment that cuts off dissenting views and discourages honest feedback. That can quickly lead to a culture of delusion and deception. And in a leader, the tendency of too much confidence to swamp humility can lead to a dangerous self-indulgence at the expense of others.’

That our leaders will be meeting with Mr. Fani-Kayode in such a compromising way, suggesting that he may be on his way to joining our party, clearly indicates that either those of us saddled with the responsibility of advising them have failed or we have been completely cut off. How can a person who just few days, if not few hours, ago wrote to one of our leaders and derogatorily and condescendingly condemned his political prospects of emerging as the Presidential candidate of our party, be given such a high-level reception? Assuming the open letter to our National Leader, which is all over our media at the time of such reception, wasn’t offensive, what of the open letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari last year?

Besides the open letters, what abusive language has he not used against our party and our leaders? Most of these are unprintable. A typical example of the kind of abuses he spat on our leaders and our party can be demonstrated with his response to a tweet by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Information, last May 2020. Mr. Adesina argued that President Buhari’s emergence as President saved the country. Responding, Mr. Fani-Kayode said: “Not so my friend. The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death and destruction. “He came to steal, kill and destroy and for the last disastrous 5 years that is all he has done.”

Compared to most of Mr. Fani-Kayode’s barrages of insults on APC and its leaders, this would appear to be very civil. Most Nigerians, both APC members and non-APC members would appear to be in agreement that any association between APC and its leadership with Mr. Fani-Kayode is indicative of problem of values. Without being academic in anyway, the issue of values is basically about the qualities of people and the vision they hold. What kind of people are we aspiring to attract into our party? Do we want to reduce our party into one in which everybody is welcome? Can we for instance in anyway or form contemplate having an Nnamdi Kanu or Abubakar Shekau as a member? If that were to be the case, why don’t we just have INEC register IPOB and Boko Haram as political parties and allow them to field candidates for elections?

We may be tempted to argue that Mr. Fani-Kayode is not Nnamdi Kanu or Abubakar Shekau. It is however difficult to fathom what qualifies him to be associated with our leaders at that high level? At this rate, one day, Nigerians will just wake and see some of our leaders presenting Mr. Fani-Kayode to President Buhari as a new member of our party. Although, we can confidently argue that President Buhari will not approve such deranged possibility, it is important to caution that such consideration will be stretching the trust of party members beyond acceptable limits.

Although issues of values in politics easily gets compromised, as Mr. Barack Obama, former President of the United States cautioned in the book The Audacity of Hope – Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, it is important to appeal to our leaders to moderate their consideration in terms of who they associate with, especially if it will lead to invitation to joining the APC. Mr. Obama in particular noted ‘the fact that the practice of modern politics itself seems to be value-free. Politics (and political commentary) not only allows but often rewards behavior that we would normally think of as scandalous: fabricating stories, distorting the obvious meaning of what other people say, insulting or generally questioning their motives, poking through their personal affairs in search of damaging information.’

For our leaders to associate themselves with Mr. Fani-Kayode, is simply rewarding scandalous behaviour. Mr. Fani-Kayode has fabricated stories, distorted, insulted and damaged information about our party and our leaders. Elementary rule of decency would require some good distance between our leaders and such a person. Not even the Ward leaders where he is located should be associated with him except for reasons of family ties. By the way, the Caretaker Committee of our party should avoid a situation whereby it takes decision on issues that are very weighty without consultations. On no account should anyone with the kind of baggage of Mr. Fani-Kayode be invited to join the party without clearance from a statutory structure of the party. In this particular instance, the National Caucus should be the clearing house.

APC emerged with a commitment to social democracy. Social democracy is about values of collective justice and individual freedom where everyone’s basic needs are fulfilled. This, among others upholds respect for the dignity of the individual party members. We need to appeal to all our leaders, especially the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee and all the thirteen members to always remember that they are entrusted with the responsibility they have today to democratise our party. They are not Sole Administrators. To democratise will require more meetings and consultations. Their actions should reflect decisions taken at meeting or at least from wider consultations!

This position does not represent the view of any APC Governor or the Progressive Governors Forum

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SANWO-OLU INAUGURATES LAGOS STATE JOINT REVENUE COMMITTEE

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SANWO-OLU INAUGURATES LAGOS STATE JOINT REVENUE COMMITTEE

…Tasks SJRC on Seemless Revenue Generation

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday inaugurated the State Joint Revenue Committee (SJRC).

 

The committee headed by chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Mr. Ayodele Subair, is saddled with the responsibility of implementing the decisions of Joint Tax Board and harmonise tax administration in Lagos.

 

Other members of the committee are Chairman of Conference 57 and council boss of Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Hon. Omolola Essien; the Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Lagos State, Mr. Olusegun Ogungbemide, Mr Akinkunmi Alaja-Browne, Barr. Alade Seyi Femi, Mr Razaak Amodu and Dr. Olusegun Adekunle Wright.

 

Speaking at the inauguration of the SJRC members at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Friday, Governor Sanwo-Olu tasked the committee members to ensure that all the State’s revenue streams at various levels become seemless.

 

He said: “I want to charge all of you. The assurance you have given us today is demonstration of our belief that our revenues will be in good hands and that you will help us to resolve all the bottlenecks that we have and ensure that all our revenue streams at various levels at state and local governments become seemless.

 

“You will bring about policies and ideas that will ensure that we can indeed continue to remain relevant as the number one outstanding IGR state in the nation.

 

“I want to congratulate, commend and thank you for agreeing to serve our state at this point in time.”

 

Speaking earlier, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said the committee is expected to organise and improve revenue administration in Lagos State.

 

He urged the members of the committee to focus on the assignment ahead, assuring that “all supports would be made available to them.”

 

SIGNED

GBOYEGA AKOSILE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

FEBRUARY 7, 2021

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Niger Delta leaders predict economic buoyancy

Night Delta leaders predict economic buoyancy

· Make case for Buhari’s administration

· Commend Sylva for creating 35,000 Jobs in Bayelsa State

Some prominent leaders in the Niger Delta region on Monday urged Nigerians to encourage the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its efforts to create jobs, develop the oil rich Niger Delta region and tackle youth unemployment in the country.

The eminent leaders also praised President Buhari for his resolve to make the lives of all Nigerians better.

In a statement in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, the leaders praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for going the extra mile, using his good office to pursue the Niger Delta cause and helping the business image of Nigeria in the international scene.

‘’Certainly, Chief Timipre Sylva has further shown that his politics is driven by character, integrity and development’’ the leaders said.

They emphasized the country’s vast endowments, revenue generation, supports for gas based industries and import substitution for methanol needs of the nation.

The leaders also emphasized Sylva’s approach to the development of the oil and gas sector, foreign direct investment, economic diversification, zero gas flaring and community development

Signed by the Chairman of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua, the leaders commended the management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and DSV Engineering for the growth of the nation’s economy.

They pointed out that the signing of the Final Investment Decision (FIB) for the construction of 10,000 tonnes/day methanol production plant by the Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company LTD (BFPCL, committing equity investment of US$670m was well timed.

The construction phase is expected to create 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and additional 5,000 permanent jobs during the operations phase.

The leaders described the FID, the Gas Supply Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) led joint venture, off-take agreements and contracts for Engineering Procurement Construction and Technology Provider as another benchmark in the history of Nigeria.

‘’It is a good development that is capable of yielding a beneficial outcome’’ the leaders said.

The statement said the Niger Delta leaders would continue to pray for the success of the President Muhammadu led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

President Buhari in July, 2020 approved the development of the Brass Gas Company with the sole aim of aggregating and monetizing all stranded gas in the Brass area.