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Congress: No Imposition Of Candidates – APC …As Rivers APC Ends 7-Day Fasting

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Representative of the Rivers State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning and Permanent Secretary, Sir Promise Njiowhor (left), with Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Otonye Okoye (right) and  Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Dr Justina Jumbo, during SEEFOR/TVAT training on Grant Management and Administration in Port Harcourt  last Wednesday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Representative of the Rivers State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning and Permanent Secretary, Sir Promise Njiowhor (left), with Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Otonye Okoye (right) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Dr Justina Jumbo, during SEEFOR/TVAT training on Grant Management and Administration in Port Harcourt last Wednesday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is will provide level playing ground to all contestants in its nationwide Ward Congress scheduled for tomorrow.
Interim National Organising Secretary of APC, Sen. Osita Izunaso, gave the assurance while briefing newsmen at the end of workshop for the party’s officials in Abuja.
He said the procedure of the congress would be guided by the constitution of APC, and urged officials to adhere strictly to that to ensure justice and fair play.
Izunaso, debunked insinuation of planned consensus candidates in some states, stressing that people must emerge out of popularity not through imposition or consensus.
The Interim National Secretary, APC, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah, said APC could only recognise a consensus candidate after voting was conducted, saying “even where there was consensus, there has to be vote cast”.
Tumsah, said that the party was prepared to give the necessary change that Nigerians are yearning for, adding that APC was a vehicle for social transformation.
He urged the youth to use the opportunity of the congress to contest for various positions in the party at all levels with a view to deepening democratic culture in the country.
According to him, the National Congress Supervisory Committee (NCSC) will be responsible for the overall conduct of congresses at all levels.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter, has concluded its seven-day fasting with pomp and pageantry, using the opportunity to pray for peace, good governance and the wellbeing of Rivers State and her people.
The party at a ceremony held at the State Secretariat in Port Harcourt, last Tuesday, also prayed for wisdom, protection and good health for the family of Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the members of the State Executive Council, including the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan-Amachree and members of Rivers State House of Assembly.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, yesterday, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to the Interim Chairman of APC, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said that prayer was equally offered for a successful tenure for the newly appointed Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Peter N.C. Agumagu.
Interim Chairman of APC in Rivers State, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, who declared the fasting session closed, urged party members to embrace God, saying that without Him, all the party’s efforts to provide good governance for Rivers State and the entire nation would be in vain.
Ikanya emphasised the readiness of his administration to organise a successful ward congress of the party tomorrow.
He urged all party faithful to shift all forces to their localities and ensure that credible persons are elected at the ward level as that is the engine room of the party’s campaign for the 2015 general elections.
In her speech, the APC Woman Leader, Mrs. Caroline Naagbo, congratulated everyone for finding time to participate in the closing session despite their tight schedules, and urged them to be courageous and commit everything to God as their only hope in life.
Naagbo tasked them not to relent in prayers as it is the only key to victory, further insisting that the APC was the only party that can bring the expected change in the state and the nation.
“All of us are aware that our governor is gender sensitive but we urge him to offer us more slots in the State Executive Council and ensure that women are given more responsibilities at the local government councils as we are ready to mobilise ourselves and the youth to ensure that APC forms the next government come 2015,” the APC woman leader said.
Over 2,000 party faithful attended the prayer session dominated by women from all walks of life across the 23 local government areas of the state

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Ogoni Youths Give FG 14 Days To Fix East-West Road

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No fewer than 400 youths under the aegis of Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF), yesterday, staged a peaceful protest at the Eleme axis of the East-West Road, giving the Federal Government 14 days ultimatum to mobilize to site and fix the road or have economic activities in the area grounded.
The protesters, who carried various placards with inscriptions to press home their demands, trekked from Akpajo Junction to Refinery Junction in Eleme LGA, chanting solidarity songs to register their discontent over the neglect of the road.
Addressing newsmen during the protest, President General of the Ogoni Youth Federation, Comrade Legborsi Yaamabana, said it was regrettable that the road, which was a major route to the economic hub of the nation, has remained in a deplorable state, only becoming a death trap that has terminated the lives of innocent Ogonis.
Yaamabana, who described the mass action of the youths as a ‘warning protest’, said if the contractors handling the road were not immediately mobilized to site, then, the youths will have no option than to shut down all economic activities in the area.
He said, “we cannot continue to watch our people being killed on daily basis by tankers because of the poor state of Eleme axis of the east west road, we are calling on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency fix the road and save our people from untimely deaths as a result of the sorry state of the road, the only bridge on the road at Aleto has collapse but nothing is being done to avert the disasters faced by our people daily”.
Yaamabana also called on the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to constitute a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission to address the development needs of the Niger Delta region, noting that the use of interim management for NDDC was “diversionary, self serving and not in the interest of the development of the Niger Delta region”.
The OYF president general also called on the Federal Government to exonerate Ken Saro-Wiwa and his compatriots who were extra-judicially murdered by the late Gen Sani Abacha military junta, and given post-humours honour as martyrs of democracy in Nigeria, while the ideals of justice they stood for should be upheld.
Also speaking, the immediate past secretary of the Ijaw Youth Council, Eastern Zone, Comrade James Tobin, who joined the protest in solidarity, decried the neglect of the East—West Road by the Federal Government, and called the immediate fixing of the road to save the teeming road users from untold pains and death.

By: Taneh Beemene

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Rising Prices Push 7m Nigerians Below Poverty Line -World Bank

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The World Bank has said that rising prices pushed about seven million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020.
This was contained in a press statement titled, ‘Critical reforms needed to reduce inflation and accelerate the recovery, says new World Bank report,’ released by the World Bank’s Senior External Affairs Officer of Nigeria, Mansir Nasir.
The press statement was released, yesterday, in line with the latest World Bank Nigeria Development Update.
It was acknowledged that the Federal Government “took measures to protect the economy against a much deeper recession” but it was recommended that certain policies should be set for a strong recovery.”
The statement read, “The NDU, titled ‘Resilience through Reforms,’ notes that in 2020, the Nigerian economy experienced a shallower contraction of -1.8 per cent than had been projected at the beginning of the pandemic (-3.2 per cent). Although the economy started to grow again, prices are increasing rapidly, severely impacting Nigerian households.
“As of April, 2021, the inflation rate was the highest in four years. Food prices accounted for over 60% of the total increase in inflation. Rising prices have pushed an estimated seven million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020 alone.”
Quoted in the statement, the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri, identified some of the challenges faced by the country and recommended a way forward.
“Nigeria faces interlinked challenges in relation to inflation, limited job opportunities, and insecurity.
“While the government has made efforts to reduce the effect of these by advancing long-delayed policy reforms, it is clear that these reforms will have to be sustained and deepened for Nigeria to realise its development potential,” Chaudhuri said.
Also quoted is the World Bank Lead Economist for Nigeria and co-author of the NDU, Marco Hernandez, who also gave a recommendation.
“Given the urgency to reduce inflation amidst the pandemic, a policy consensus and expedite reform implementation on exchange-rate management, monetary policy, trade policy, fiscal policy, and social protection would help save lives, protect livelihoods, and ensure a faster and sustained recovery,” Hernandez said.

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Inflation Dips To 17.93% In May, NBS Confirms

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Nigeria’s inflation rate dropped to 17.93 per cent in May, 2021, from 18.12 per cent recorded in April, 2021.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed this in its monthly Consumer Price Index report released, yesterday.
The drop in the headline inflation in May was the second consecutive month this year.
The report indicates that the consumer price index (CPI), which measures the inflation rate increased by 17.93 per cent (year-on-year) in May, 2021, which is 0.19 per cent points lower than the rate recorded in the preceding month.
According to NBS, food inflation dropped in the same month from 22.78 per cent recorded in April, 2021 to 22.28 per cent in May, 2021.
The report reads, ‘‘All items less farm produce which excludes the prices of volatile agricultural produce stood at 13.15 per cent in May, 2021, up by 0.41 per cent when compared with 12.74 per cent recorded in April, 2021.
‘‘The highest increases were recorded in prices of pharmaceutical products, garments, shoes and other footwear, hairdressing salons and personal grooming establishments, furniture and furnishing, carpet and other floor covering.
‘‘Others include, motor cars, Hospital services, fuels and lubricants for personal transport equipment, cleaning, repair and hire of clothing.
“Other services include personal transport equipment, gas, household textile, and non-durable household goods,” the NBS added.

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