Prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ijesha land have resolved to champion the course of re-electing Senator Iyiola Omisore as the Senator representing Ife/Ijesa Senatorial District at National Assembly in the forthcoming re-run in the zone.
Towards matching their words with action, Hon. Oluwole Oke representing the same constituency at the House of Representatives, Chief Dosu Fatokun, a chieftain of the party from the state have raised an initial donation of about N5 million in their commitment to mobilize support for Omisore in all nooks and crannies of his senatorial district.
Financial support for Omisore’s re-election moves also came from Ifeland with Chief Mrs Olu Awope donating a total sum of N250,000.
PDP Director of publicity, Prince Adeolu Adeyemo, who made this known to The Tide source in the area stated that the commitment was made at a well attended meeting with the leadership of the party in Osogbo.
14 rural communities across three existing 16 in Kwara State had in the last one month been connected to the National Grid.
The development formed part of the state government’s plan to electrify 105 rural communities in the state before the end of this year.
The 14 beneficiary communities are Odone, Budo Oba/Aikojo, Ile Apa, Isokun/Oloyin and Onikoko all in Ilorin East Local Council.
Others are Ayedum, Ilale, Igosi/Igba, and Erinmope, in Oke Ero council.
From Ifelodun local government area are; Omi-Aro, Ita Olomo, Alomi Laya/Amoyo, Sango/Tayo Atada Aja Ali and Okaka/Ajibowo.
The state commissioner for energy, Alhaji Zakari Mohammed Tuesday at a press briefing in Ilorin, said work in 60 other communities had reached to 70 per cent completion.
Besides, 10 others have been completed between 40 and 50 per cent level mile 10 others with poor terrain would be completed by the first week in December.
The state government under a joint project endeavour with the councils, has earmarked a sum of N1.2 billion for the project.
While the state will pay 60 per cent of the total fund, the council swill contribute 40 per cent.
The commissioner said that the government’s plan was aimed at reducing the high rate of rural/urban migration and encourage the establishment of cottage industries across the state.
Following expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued to government by leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Ekiti State, within which to pay the workers September and October Salaries workers in the state Thursday embarked on a two-day warning strike to press home their demand.
However, there was a twist as the Public Service Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) immediately dissociated itself from the strike.
In its reaction to the development the state government, which denied owning the workers, described the leadership of the labour union as agents of destabilization.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre, queried the rationale behind the warning strike, saying that the salaries had been paid up to date.
The Ekiti State chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), Messrs Joseph Arogundade and Raph Kolawole, respectively, in a statement Wednesday, alleged that their demands had not been met by the state government.
Ojo-Lanre described the labour leaders as agents of destabilization, adding that in some states, they are owing seven months, if they go on strike, government may down size, saying that the labour leaders should come and discuss.
Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Adejare Bello, has officially declared the seat of Osogbo state constituency vacant following the Monday judgement of Appeal Court that ordered the nullification of the election.
The Court of Apeal sitting in Ibadan had in a judgement read by Justice Dauda Bagge, ordered a re-run in state constituency within 60 days.
The court also ordered Akintude Adegboye of AC representing the constituency to vacate the seat immediately.
The Progress Peoples Alliance (PPA) had challenged the validity of the election on the ground that it was excluded from the polls by INEC.
In his comments, Bello charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to, in no distant time, fix a date for a re-run that will afford the Osogbo State Constituency representation in the state parliament.
The speaker said with the current arrangement, the state parliament now has its members reduced to 25 from 26, until there is an election to produce a representative of Osogbo in the Assembly.
The first step towards implementating the health sector component of vision 20:20:20 through a Presidential Health Summit is being taken by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH).
At a media briefing in Abuja, Minister of Health, Prof Babatunde Osotimehin, announced that the summit scheduled for yesterday and today is entitled, accepting Collective Responsibility for improving our health in Nigeria. It is aimed at engaging the governors towards obtaining their commitment in the on-going efforts to meet the health needs of the people and the achievement of the seven-point Agenda of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
According to Osotimehin, the summit which will be in two parts, will feature a draft agreement on the health agenda and the way forward.
This will undoubtedly position the state and the local councils to achieving participate in the delivery of healthcare at their various levels.
As part of the expected out come, Osotimehin said, a partnership agreement known as National Health partnership declaration and mutual Accounting, for measurable Results which will reflect key and measurable deliverables within the health sector that will benefit the majority of our people in the short, medium and long term, will be developed.”
The rank of Labour Party (LP) members in Ondo state swelled at the weekend in Ofon, headquarters of Ose Local Council, when hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithfuls defected to the ruling party.
Led by former Chairman of the Board for Technical and Vocational Education during the last PDP administration of Dr Olusegun Agagu, Elder Samuel Aborowa, the decampees, at an impressive rally, said they decided to join the LP because of the leadership style of Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The Aborowa group in the PDP, which claimed to have thousands of supporters at the grassroots, said its movement out of the party has sounded its death knell in Ose, reputed to be one of the councils with high voter population.
Justifying the movement at the rally which was attended by a colorful array of LP chieftains led by Deputy Governor, Alhaji Alli Olamusi, Aborowa said, “The Labour Party is made up of progressives, peace-loving and caring people. With the few months they have governed the state under the leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, they have embarked on many projects that are people-oriented.”
Both the Taraba State radio and television have not been functioning for over a month due to use of obsolete equipment.
Unlike the television which still manages to transmit for about three hours daily, the radio station has totally been out of transmission.
The reasons according to the General Manager, Sani Sule Sale, are connected with lack of equipment which include power generating sets, transmitters, etc.
“There are other problems which we have been reporting. Personally, I know that a radio station needs additional back up. You cannot have a station where only one transmitter will be working daily without a back up,” he said.
Saleh, who spoke Tuesday with pressmen at the station’s premise, described the transmitter as “the heath of the radio that can fail at anytime.”
Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Muruf Atilola has declared the seat for Akinyele Constituency One, hitherto occupied by his deputy, Jelili Adeleke, vacant following the nullification of his election by the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal, by unanimous decision on October 29, 2009, nullified Adeleke’s election, owing to unlawful exclusion of the Labour Party (LP) Logo from the ballot paper, and ordered a re-run within 60 days.
LP’s candidate in the election, Mukaila Akinrinade, had petitioned the tribunal on the unlawful exclusion whose decision the appellate court upheld.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed November 14, as the re-run day in the constituency, as well as the Ibadan South-West/North-West Federal Constituency where the election of Folake Olunloyo-Osinowo, had also been nullified by the same appellate court.
However, as the speaker declared the seat vacant, attempt for and election into the vacant deputy speaker seat in the Assembly was resisted by Atilola Ajekiigbe, of the action congress (AC).
In response to the on-going clamour for constitutional reform, the middle belt forum has demanded for the implementation of true federalism in the country, insisting that every state in Nigeria should take total control of their resources and pay 75 per cent tax to the federal government while developing and controlling the resources.
The forum also called on the federal government to create a special savings fund through which the effects of the proposed deregulation could be cushioned.
In a statement signed Wednesday by the National Chairman of the Forum, Mr Williams Juta, and National Publicity Secretary. George Ohemu, the forum said the proposed 10 per cent stake in the oil industry for the oil producing states will become unnecessary once this fundamental issue is addressed through constitutional amendments.
Legal practitioners from all over the federation have converged in Kaduna for the third yearly conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs Farida Waziri, are expected to speak at the event.
In a statement issued yesterday, NBA National Publicity Secretary, Murtala Abdulrasheed and Chris Nnoli, secretary publicity sub-committee of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), said the theme of the two-day conference, “legal practice” changing times, changing strategies,” will feature Bernard Sullivan as the keynote speaker.
The Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola will be the session chairman with the topic, “when financial transactions become financial crime the powers of regulatory bodies and judicial institutions.”
Other lead speakers include Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Prof. Joe Goldface-Orokalibe, former president of the association, Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and Chief Executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Alhaji Ganiyu Ogunlaye.
Crisis of confidence rocking Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a turn for the worse Wednesday, as the former National Vice Chairman, North Central, Alahji Abubakar Magaji, resigned his membership from the party in a letter addressed to his ward chairman, dated October 22, 2009.
“I here tender my resignation as a member of the PDP. Consequently, I am also withdrawing my membership of the party. Also I no longer wish to belong,” he said.
Magaji was one of the three founding fathers of the PDP in the state. “I pray to God to give our leaders the fear of God and conscience to do right,” he said.
Another party stalwart who is equally a founding father of the party in the state and also served as the chief political adviser of the immediate past administration, Alhaji Mokwa has also resigned his membership from PDP.
In is letter dated November 3, 2009, he said “I have the singular honour to inform you that I wish to tender my resignation from the PDP. “It is worthy to note that this is without prejudice to any ulterior motive or bad feelings against anybody or other members of the PDP family in general,” he said.
“I still remain a good friend and brother to you and other good people of Niger State in general,” he concluded.
Kidnapping Of Students, Ploy To Discourage Schooling In Nigeria – MSSN
The Muslims Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has said that the incessant kidnapping of students in some parts of the country was a strategy to discourage the pursuit of education.
MSSN National President, Malam Shehu Usman- Abubakar, said in a statement on Saturday, in Birnin Kebbi, that many students had withdrawn from school as a result of kidnapping.
He said that education was the major source of strength and power to every nation and community in the world.
“As kidnapping has started affecting schools, we, as members of MSSN, view it as an effort towards discouraging the pursuit of education, especially in educationally backward communities of the northern parts of the country.
“Therefore, more should be done to put a stop to that with all the might and urgency possible,’’ he said.
Usman-Abubakar urged governments at all levels to do more in ensuring the protection of lives and property of their citizens, saying that the rate of criminality in the country was alarming, especially banditry and kidnapping.
He, however, noted that security agencies had been doing a lot in combating insecurity in the country, while commending the Kebbi state government for its efforts in the immediate rescue of some of the kidnapped students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri.
“We urge other state governments affected to follow suit as set by Gov. Atiku Bagudu,” he said.
The MSSN president also urged Muslim faithful to return to Almighty God in repentance and be prayerful for a better Nigeria.
FG, UN Unveil Programme To Empower Youths
The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to partner with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to empower 20 million Nigerian youths by 2030.
The initiative tagged: “Generation Unlimited” and set to be inaugurated today in Abuja, is targeted at 20 million persons between the ages of 10 and 24 out of the nation’s 65 million young people.
The Country Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
According to him, the initiative is also being replicated in many other countries with 1.8 billion young people targeted around the World.
With specific reference to Nigeria, Hawkins said that the Generation Unlimited programmes were aimed at developing the capacity of young Nigerians to be better positioned as leaders of tomorrow.
He said that if the youths were not equipped with the right skills, especially in view of the ongoing digitisation of the World, they would be unable to bring value to the future of Nigeria.
The UN representative added that such initiatives would also help in turning the youth away from drugs or crime.
“Nigeria has 65 million people between the ages of 10 and 24, so young people of Nigeria are more importantly the future. That generation would shape the future of Nigeria.
“What Generation Unlimited is trying to do is to first act as a platform between the government, the United Nations and the International Community and the private sector.
“Out of the 65 million young people, Generation Unlimited is trying to help 20 million of those over the next 10 years to step over the generation that they are in to be able to meet their own ambitions and be valuable commodities in Nigeria.
“What is going to define the future of any country, particularly Nigeria is the digital platform – access to data, access to digital information.
“It is not only expanding the digital platform but expanding young people’s access to that platform.
“There are initiatives like School-2-School connectivity, looking at how we can bring digital learning into the schools, communities and ensure that young peoples’ skills around digital platforms come to the fore,” he said.
He pointed out that other areas include education skills on the one hand and employability and entrepreneurship on the other hand.
Hawkins said that UNICEF was particularly focused on connection between the skills and opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, trying to develop the skills that jobs require.
Hawkins added that the last part was engagement of the young people not only to understand what they want to do but also to create an environment where they are contributing to the future of this country as a voice.
“Already, over the past year, we have been engaging with 450,000 young people through different initiatives around the country.
“There is a massive prospect in this country to engage young people. So in summary, Generation Unlimited is trying to help 20 million young people to achieve skills and jobs with digital platform being the main conduit for many of these jobs and skills.
“On Monday, Nigeria’s Vice President will inaugurate the Generation Unlimited Nigeria, this is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate a vision for the young people of Nigeria and give them the opportunity to engage in what happens in Nigeria in the future.
“There are many initiatives at the moment currently ongoing, especially around skills development, education a live skills learning.
“What we are trying to do at Generation Unlimited is to allow the platform of all of these to go to scale, using different initiatives to trigger off other initiatives to reach the 20 million that we want to reach in the next 10 years,” he said.
The UNICEF Representative listed some of its partners to include: GIZ, EU, USAID, Unilever, Microsoft, Tony Elumelu Foundation, and MasterCard, amomg others, adding that they were open for partnerships with institutions and the private sector.
PDP Tackles el-Rufai Over Insecurity, Insists Jonathan Resisted Insurgency
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emeka Kalu, has slammed the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, over comments on ex-President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
It would be recalled that El-Rufai had severally criticized Jonathan’s administration for being incompetent and weak in tackling terrorism.
The Kaduna governor also adduced that all the technical advice given to Jonathan was refused.
In a statement, yesterday, Kalu, a former governorship aspirant in Abia State, opined that under Jonathan, insurgency was resisted with all apparatus within the reach of the government to tackle the ugly trend.
He lamented that countless persons have lost their lives to herdsmen killings in the north and southern part of Nigeria while el-Rufai as the Chief Security Officer of Kaduna, with full confidence in Buhari-led government, is busy watching the atrocities while the perpetrators go unpunished as a result of ethnic sentiment.
Kalu queried, “What has he successfully put in action to contain the marauding and uncontrollable cases of kidnapping and banditry that had almost swept the entire nooks and crannies of Kaduna State or is he short of ideas now on how best to engage the criminals?
“Why has he not been able to apply those security tackling measures the technical committee that he was one of the members during Jonathan regime recommended to improve security situation in Kaduna State as the governor on seat?
The party chieftain, however, called on el-Rufai to stop playing politics with the deteriorating insecurity in the country, warning the governor and the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress to stop the mudslinging in politics, promote ethnic co operations and tolerance, as well as run inclusive government.
Parts of the statement said, “It is always easier to castigate a leader, find faults and apportion blames but when it gets to the doorstep of the fault finder, with all statutory power and resources to perform the same functions, the actor retires into his shelf as snail does.
“Instead, he would come up with a cheap propaganda that any person who killed a Fulani Man would have himself to blame. When interviewed for explanation, he said it was because Fulani are scattered in various parts of Africa and when you kill one in Nigeria, those in Sahara would come to say, you killed their fathers and brothers, then as result attack the locality in retaliation.
“Does this make any sense for a government that values the lives of her citizens? Why would the government condone criminals and give shot at side order in another part of the country to wipe away the people of that ethnic nationality in the pretext of fighting criminal. Are all criminals not the same or those from a given ethnic group are anointed not to be killed?
“The same expert on security intelligence as he claimed to be could not suggest how best to tackle bandits but with all velocity suggested how to treat and handle ethnic agitators who had not killed even an ant. This signifies the kind of government we run and expect the citizenry to wave banners of praises for us.
“Nigeria has a long way to go. Except we drop divided sentiment and nepotism, the journey would be farer for us; except the government eschews unnecessary cuddling of herdsmen with carrots hands by taking strict actions to stop their rampage and marauding activities, Nigeria will still be singing the same songs of sorrow instead of peace and unity.
“The formula is very simple. Stop mudslinging in politics, promote ethnic co-operations and tolerance, run inclusive government, drop revenge-oriented use of EFCC/DSS apparatus against party opponents, revive the dwindling economy, create jobs and employment using Federal Character Principles, open full resistance against bandits and all forms of terrorism, stop ethnic harassment of the southern Nigerian peaceful agitators, learn how to dialogue, work to restructure the fiscal federalism then Nigeria will become an ice in a hot water pot”.
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