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Reps Speakership Race: N’Delta, Civil Society Groups Insist On North Central Zone Candidate

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As the contest for the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the coming National Assembly raises up, a coalition of Niger Delta groups and the amalgamation of Civil Society organizations under the umbrella of Citizens United to Save Democracy (CUSD), have insisted on zoning the office to the North Central Zone of the Country by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Both groups made their positions known in press statements made available to news men in Abuja on Sunday as against the position of the leadership of the party which favoured the South-West zone for the position.
In the separate statements, the groups threw their weight behind the candidature of Hon John Dyegh, Plateau State North Central Zone, for the speakership slot.
The Nigeria Delta coalition in a statement signed by Comrade Nwokoma Messiah of the Niger Delta Renaissance Organisation (NDRO), Comrade Collins Obilor of the Niger Delta Project (NDP) and Ibiye Douglas of Ijaw Justice Forum (IJF) urged lawmakers from the Niger Delta to vote for Hon John Dyegh based on available facts to the Coalition.
According to the Coalition, “for the purpose of justice, equity and fair play, we in the Niger Delta region through this coalition have decided to endorse Hon John Dyegh for the position of speaker of the House of Representatives.”
“Aside the issue of competence, which we believe a lot of the members have from all sections of the country and party divide, we believe in justice and equity and it our stand that it will be morally wrong not to consider the north central, which has been the most politically marginalised since the advent of the present democracy in the country.”
“On the issue of who voted for the party and the president, the coalition is saying north central showed strong support for the president despite the challenges from other areas, it will be morally unacceptable for them not to be given the position of speaker.”
The Niger Delta group observed that “it is also imperative to recognise the fact that Hon. John Dyegh emerged victorious despite such challenges and the best we can do is to give him the support that will ensure the party makes further inroads in Benue and the region as a whole.”
On its part, the CUSD in a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Comrade Fashola Adams said: “Hon. John Dyegh as speaker of the 9th House of Representatives is an idea whose time has come and e call on the entire members of the House to support his historic candidacy irrespective of sectional, ethnic or religious affiliation.”
The group explained that “this is due to his proven track record of competence, honesty, dedication, transparency, efficiency, humility, inclusiveness and widespread acceptance cutting across the length and breadth of the hallowed green chamber.”

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15 m Youths Unemployed, Minister Confirms

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The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, has confirmed that there are about 15million young Nigerians roaming the streets on a daily basis looking for scarce jobs to earn them salary to enable them put food on their tables.
Ngige warned that the large number of unemployed youths means that Nigeria may explode sooner if unemployment in the country was not tackled urgently.
The minister disclosed this in Enugu at the weekend where he received an award from the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) alongside other alumni.
He said, “But we have those searching for white collar jobs in the neighbourhood of about 15million. So, we have to do something; to teach people new vocations, new skills, so that not all will be going for white collar jobs.
“Even if you have a university degree, you can be thought some skills so that you employ yourself or even get employed somehow. So, we are going to do that or it is on the table.”
While taking a critical look at the alarming rate of unemployment in the nation, the minister said that if the problem is not tackled frontally, with the seriousness and commitment it deserved, the country would become one hell of unrest such as Venezuela, adding that the uprising might consume everybody.
He noted that the symptoms of social unrest were very much around in the country, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has, however, fashioned out some measures to deal with unemployment in the country.

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Ugwuanyi Commissions Two Hospitals

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Poly General Hospital, Asata, in Enugu North Local Government and the Udi General Hospital in Udi Local Government Area, reconstructed, upgraded and equipped by the Enugu State Government to provide qualitative secondary healthcare delivery for the urban and rural population of the state have been inaucioned by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Commissioning the upgraded Poly General Hospital, which was formerly known as Poly Clinic Asata, the governor described the health facility in the hospital as “indisputably the busiest General Hospital and second busiest healthcare facility in the state after the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu”.
He noted that the hospital’s status underscores its strategic importance and the state government’s decision to improve the facility’s clinical environment and rebuilding of its capacity “for qualitative secondary healthcare delivery to our teeming Enugu urban population who deserve the best of care”.
Ugwuanyi who disclosed that Poly General Hospital was one of the 7 General Hospitals providing qualitative secondary healthcare services to the people of the state, added that there are also 43 Cottage Hospitals and about 390 public Primary Healthcare facilities that provide related medical services.
He further disclosed that the state government recently paid the mandatory N100m counterpart fund in fulfillment of its requirements for takeoff of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund that would enable all residents of the state to access healthcare services under the Universal Health Coverage.
According to him, “our recently rejigged Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the newly constituted Enugu State Agency for Universal Health Coverage are strategic steps in this direction”.
At the inauguration of the reconstructed and equipped Udi General Hospital, Gov. Ugwuanyi stated that it is the 4th busiest public secondary healthcare facility in the state and the only public secondary healthcare facility within the Udi/Ezeagu Federal Constituency of the state, stressing that it was the reason his administration repositioned it for more effective and efficient service delivery.
The Governor further disclosed that the ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, which offers undergraduate clinical and post-graduate Residency training for doctors in addition to delivery of specialist care to the people, has continued to receive the needed government support and investments.
In this regard, the Governor revealed that his administration has recently granted approval to ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane to absorb 125 interns of different relevant fields of study and 102 Resident Doctors, in addition to continuous recruitment of Consultants in different medical fields, accreditation of related investments and provision of medical equipment to sustain the hospital’s capacity to offer top-notch medical services.

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Why Six PDP Governors Visited Rivers, Tambuwal Explains

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The Sokoto State Governor, Hon Aminu Tambuwal has explained that six Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors visited the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to commend him for his sustained projects’ delivery.
He said the governors urged him to continue to deliver quality projects and sustain good governance for the development of Rivers State.
Tambuwal also emphasised that PDP remains strongly united in friendship and brotherhood.
He spoke, last Friday night at the Government House, Port Harcourt, after a meeting.
The meeting had in attendance: Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri; Imo State Governor, Hon Emeka Ihedioha; Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde; Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom; Sokoto State Governor, Hon Amimu Tambuwal and Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Mattawale.
He said: “We are here as brothers and friends to the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in the spirit of brotherhood and friendship. To encourage and support him for the good governance he has given to the good people of Rivers State.
“The 100 days of the second term of Governor Wike is also why we are here. The spirit in Port Harcourt and Rivers State is that of celebration and thanksgiving and gratitude to God for such a wonderful leadership by Governor Wike.
“We are also here to join him and the good people of Rivers State in thanking God for his leadership and to thank God for giving the state a wonderful leader like him.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is very strongly united”.
Earlier, the six Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governors had arrived the Rivers State Government House at about 6pm and proceeded to the official residence of Governor Wike where they held a closed-door meeting with the Rivers State governor.

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