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PPCO Drums Support For Atiku

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The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) has urged Nigerians to carefully vote for a presidential candidate that would create jobs, develop the economy and promote national unity.
A PPCO Spokesperson, Mr Segun Sowunmi, while addressing journalists on Saturday in Abuja, said Nigerians should understand that democracy had offered them great opportunity to choose a competent leader.
“If we choose a bad leader we will live with the consequences, if we elect a good leader, we will enjoy the benefits.
“I pray and admonish Nigerians to go with a leader that is hoping and pushing to create jobs, unite the country, open up the country’s economy for more capacity, growth and make more funds available.
“Let us vote for a leader who is ready to secure the country and desires to listen to issues that cause agitations, to find ways to resolve them, restructure our country and give every section of Nigeria the ability to develop fast.
“Let us vote for a leader who will carry himself as national leader of all Nigerians. That is what the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar represents at the moment.’’
Sowunmi said that Nigerians must be willing, prepared and determined to do everything possible to elect a visionary leader.
“ How can they be saying Nigeria is the world headquarters of poverty in the world? How can we be killing ourselves?
“The only thing about election is that it gives us the opportunity to elect leaders that will develop the country.
“As citizens, we should take our civic responsibilities of getting our Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), making ourselves available to vote, asking questions and demanding for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.’’
Sowunmi urged Nigerians to vote for Abubakar, describing him as an unusual type of leader with the capacity to create jobs, address insecurity, disunity and other challenges confronting the country.
He said Abubakar was running on a purpose of national unity to address issues of disunity among citizens.
Sowunmi said that over the years, Abubakar had become a pan-Nigerian, who was related to every ethnic group in the country either by birth, marriage, business or traditional tittles.
He said that Abubakar would also focus on issues of securing the country’s borders and promoting dialogues to address the issue of famers-herdsmen clash.
He added that Abubakar’s administration would also put in place an agricultural credit facility as insurance to cover farmers’ losses in the event that cattle destroyed farmers’ crops.
Sowunmi added that Abubakar also believed in restructuring of the security architecture in a way that would promote intelligence gathering and making the country’s security agencies proactive in protecting the country.
“Abubakar is going to do a complete over-haul of the security by determining whether the security agencies have enough equipment and effective mode of operation.
“He is going to determine whether their salaries and emoluments are encouraging to ensure that the country does not continue to lose its security men daily.’’
He added that an Abubakar led government would ensure that citizens had a verifiable address for easy location to curb crimes.

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Anambra:Bill To Abolish Open Grazing Passes Second Reading

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A bill seeking to regulate animal grazing and establish cattle ranches in designated areas of Anambra has scaled second reading in the House of Assembly.
The Majority Leader of the house, Dr Nnamdi Okafor (APGA-Awka South I), said the bill would promote peace and ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
The bill is entitled, ‘Open Grazing of Cattle and other Livestock Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2021’.
He said that when the bill becomes law, it would help to curb the incessant herders/farmers clashes and generate business opportunities in the state.
“The bill will be part of the efforts to address the incessant clashes between livestock owners, herders and farmers in the state, which has often led to loss of lives and properties over the years.
“The bill will also prevent the destruction of farms and farmers’ crops brought about by open rearing and grazing of cattle,” Okafor said.
Also, Dr Timothy Ifedioranma (APC-Njikoka l) said the bill would promote the production of healthy breeds of livestock and boost job and investment opportunities in livestock farming.
Mr Chuka Ezewune (APGA-Idemili South) said the bill would also promote modern techniques of animal husbandry and international best practices in the dairy and beef industry.
“The old form of cattle rearing is very destructive to the nation and it is time we embraced change,” Ezewune said.
Contributing, Dr Pete Ibida (APGA-Njikoka II) said his constituents had long clamoured for the law.
“Open grazing has constituted security and safety hazards. It messes up our roads and my constituents have been displaced from their farms.
“I believe the bill will also help to manage the environmental impact of open grazing and protect the environment from degradation and pollution,” Ibida added.
Mr Obinna Emeneka (APGA-Anambra East) said that open grazing contributed to disease transmission and described animals as carriers of parasites transmitted to humans.
Emeneka said the bill required accelerated passage to promote agriculture, security and stability in the state.
The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, described the bill as everybody’s business, adding that it bothered on food security, economic development and security of of lives and property.
The bill was later committed to the Committee on Agriculture, headed by Mr John Nwokoye, for further deliberation and the committee was expected to report back on September 30.

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Obaseki Names Cabinet 10 Months Later

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Friday released a list of nominees for post of commissioners in the State Executive Council.
This decision is coming close to a year after Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, were inaugurated for a second term into office on November 12, 2020, following their victory in the September 19 governorship election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor had re-appointed Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the State Government after his inauguration with no other appointment since then.
This led to criticism from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State that accused Obaseki of presiding over the affairs of the state like a sole administrator.
“There are some policies and actions of a state that legally and constitutionally should not be undertaken without the approval of the State Executive Council. As we speak, some of those actions are being taken solely by Godwin Obaseki as a sole administrator. He has not displayed the tendencies of a democratically elected governor,” Chris Azebanmwan, the Edo APC spokesman said.
Nonetheless, the Governor has finally released the list of his nominees. They are: Barr. Osamudiamen Wole-lyamu (Oredo); Mr. Chris Nehikhare (Orhionmwon); Mr. Richard Edebiri (Uhunmwode); Barr. Andrew Emwanta Adaze (Egor); Mr. Tony Aganmwonyi (Ikpoba Okha); Mr. Ethan Uzamere (Ovia South West); Ms. Efosa Uyigue (Ovia North East).
Others are, Barr. Donald Okogbe (Akoko Edo); Barr. Anthony Innih (Etsako East); Mrs. Omo Otse Omorogbe (Etsako West); Hon. Damian Lawani (Etsako Central); Mr. Jimfred Obaidiku (Owan West).
Also in the list are, Barr. J. O. Braimah (Owan East); Hon. Felix Akhabue (Esan West); Fred Emefiele (Igueben); Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya (Esan Central); Dr. Olu Ayewoh (Esan North East) and Mrs. Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South East).

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Speaker Lauds Wike On Infrastructure

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The Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani has commended the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for the rapid development of Rivers State.
He made this statement when he played host to members of the Council For the Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria recently.
Rt. Hon. Ibani assured the Council that the State Assembly would continue to do that which was beneficial to their constituents. He noted that as a public servant, his door was open to all.
He said: “As a public servant, my door is open to all, and at all times. We work in the interest of the State and for the interest of our people….”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Council For The Regulation of Estate Surveyors and Valuers of Nigeria, Gersh Henshaw, commended the efforts of the Speaker as the Head of Rivers State Legislature.
He stated that Rt. Hon. Ibani had continued to maintain a cordial relationship with the Executive arm of Government and the result of such collaboration was the developmental strides in Rivers State.
The Chairman stated that the essence of the visit was to seek partnership with the Rivers State House of Assembly on any new legislation concerning Estate Surveyors and Valuers in Rivers State.
He expressed appreciation to the National President of the Council, Sir Emmanuel Wike for his immense contributions to the success and progress of the profession.
The delegation which was on a courtesy visit to the Rt. Hon. Speaker, was led by its National President, Sir Wike.

By: Kevin Nengia

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