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PDP Set To Resolve Plateau Crisis

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Chairman, Board of  Directors of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Chief Ebitimi Banigo (left) listening to an explanation by the Regional Manager of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Mr Uche Nwanguma, when the FAAN board visited the airport, recently.

Chairman, Board of Directors of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Chief Ebitimi Banigo (left) listening to an explanation by the Regional Manager of Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Mr Uche Nwanguma, when the FAAN board visited the airport, recently.

The existing factions in Plateau State Chapter of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may soon cease to subsist as the National Secretariat of the party has concluded plans to investigate the allegations/grievances of the Chief Emmanuel Mangni-led faction (PDP II), The Tide reliably gathered. The Tide gathered that the party’s plans to investigate the allegations/grievances of Chief Mangni faction; dissolve the leadership of the factions and set up a caretaker committee in the state PDP, to steer the party’s ship in the state, pending when election (state congress) will be conducted. Meanwhile, The Tide learnt that Hon. Michael Dapalong, former speaker of the State legislature is likely to head the caretaker committee. A reliable source told The Tide that the PDP II faction had levelled about 25 allegations against governor Jonah Jang and the Prof. Shown-led state PDP, and submitted same to the Chief Vincent Ogbulafor-led National PDP. It will be recalled that the aggrieved members of the political party-led by Chief Mangni group, had earlier submitted a catalogue of grievances, which were believed to have been treated with levity. Consequently, the group broke away from the Prof. Shown-led party, describing its faction as the “authentic PDP”. A source which told Our Correspondent that the group was at the party’s Wadata close/street, Abuja to submit their “letter of catche”, and lobby, alleging that the National Chairman was not straight-forward in handling the issues. According to the source, “today he will say one thing, tomorrow he says a different thing”. One of the grievances of the Mangni group is that Jang is too highhanded, and never consulted with party members before taking decisions. But the state commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Gregory Yenlong recently fired back at the PDP II, saying that “Jang’s crime is that he was not ready to share money. He was reacting to the grand civic reception organized for Chief Joshua Dariye, the immediate past governor of the state, by the Mangni faction. Prof. Shown had also reacted to the reception, saying that no political party can use Dariye to win any election. The factional leader, who descried himself as second most experienced politician in the state, just next to Chief Solomon D. Lar, stressed that Chief Dariye was not “marketable”. Meanwhile, Dariye, whose suspension from the party has been lifted is believed to be fine-tuning his plans to go to the senate, an ambition that earlier generated the frosty relationship between him and former deputy senate president, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu. While Dariye planned to run for the senate after his governorship tenure, Mantu wanted to be in the senate for the third time. In the mean time, the two are in PDPII, as Mantu also has an axe to grind with Jang. Both politicians are from Plateau Central Senatorial District.

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7m Nigerians Benefited From Cash Transfer, FG Boasts

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President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has boasted that more than 7 million Nigerians are beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT).

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said this in a statement, yesterday in Abuja.

The programme is under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

Farouq accused “unpatriotic persons” of trying to give it a bad name and image.

The official explained that the CCT releases a monthly stipend of N5,000 to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerian households, mostly in the rural communities.

She said as at December, 2020, the programme operated in 33 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“A total of 1,414,983 beneficiaries with 7,068,629 individual household member beneficiaries have been enrolled, covering 487 local government areas, 4,716 wards and 37,628 communities.”

Farouq noted that the programme targets to cover all states of the federation by March, 2021.

“The programme has a clearly defined implementation structure with an electronic base beneficiary enrolment system that focuses on the Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) culled from the National Social Register.”

For those insisting that the programme was enmeshed in corruption, the minister advised them to visit the National Social Safety Net Project’s website for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Hoodlums Set Igboho’s House Ablaze, Police Confirm …As FG Urges Restraint, Vows To Deal With Trouble Makers

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In response to the suspected arsonists’ invasion of Chief Sunday Igboho’s house in Ibadan, the Oyo State Police Command said it received a report that hoodlums loaded in a bus and taxi came to set ablaze his house.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said this in a statement made available to newsmen, yesterday.

Fadeyi also said the police were told that the arsonists shot in the air several times as they put fire to the house located at the Soka area of Ibadan.

He said the police had begun an investigation into the incident.

The house was said to have been burnt around 3am, yesterday, after the power supply to the area was cut off.

The police statement read, “At about 0620 hrs of today (26/01/2021), a report was received at the Santo Police Station that some unidentified hoodlums came to Sunday Igboho’s house at Soka area of Ibadan in a Hummer bus and Micra (taxi), firing sporadically, and set the house ablaze.

“The mini sitting room got burnt in the process while the value of other properties is yet to be estimated.

“Immediately the DPO Sanyo got a wind of the incident, he contacted fire service while he also went to the scene for on the spot assessment.

“The fire was eventually put out. An investigation has commenced into the incident while the Police are on the trail of the hoodlums”

 

Meanwhile, in the wake of simmering ethnic tensions in Ondo and parts of Oyo State, the Federal Government has urged restraint on the part of disputants, vowing to effectively deal with those who breach the peace.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in a statement issued, yesterday, in Abuja, and signed by himself, said government was having a holistic look at the challenges and will stop at nothing to bring lasting peace, security and amity to all communities.

In the statement titled, “A time to put Unity and Peace above all”, Aregbesola observed that, “the regrettable incidences of heightening ethnic and religious tensions in our country are, in part, outcomes of political and economic strains that have persistently defined our land and continue to exacerbate security challenges, making the task of development more traumatic.”

According to him, “Government is keenly aware and genuinely concerned about these complications that, sadly, have been sharpened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic through the growth of anxieties about issues, lives, and livelihoods in our communities.”

He emphasized that government will not tolerate any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order as well as security of lives and property in any part of the country.

“There will be no tolerance for any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order and security of lives and property in any part of Nigeria.

“Therefore, as the government is fashioning long term answers to address these problems, it urges citizens to appreciate that self-help and lawlessness cannot offer a path to a sustainable solution. It can only lead to greater pain as well as costly human and material losses and disruption of the already difficult task of devising responses that will produce tangible peace and development in the country”, he stated.

Aregbesola assured that the Federal Government was moving in quickly to bring state, community, security, traditional institutions, religious organizations, and youth groups into a purposeful dialogue that will bring effective resolutions to the problem within constitutional and legal frameworks.

“Let us all try to be our brother’s keeper and work towards building a peaceful community that works for all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and other forms of differences”, Aregbesola stated.

 

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Covid-19: Continue Working From Home, FG Orders Civil Servants

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The Federal Government has directed that all officers on Grade Level 12 and below are to continue working from home till end of February, 2021.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said the directive was sequel to the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 issued by the Chairman, Boss Mustapha.

According to a statement by signed by Director of Press, Abdulganiyu Aminu, Yemi-Esan emphasized the need for all civil servants to ensure strict compliance with existing guidelines on the prevention of the spread of the Covid-19.

In a circular titled “RE-SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19: STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE TO GL.12 OFFICERS AND BELOW”, the head of service enjoined all permanent secretaries to bring the content of the circular to the attention of all concerned and ensure compliance.

 

 

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