The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Abia State says it would develop a 25-year development plan that could facilitate good governance and overall transformation of the state.
The Chairman of the council, Mr Ceekay Igara, said this last Wednesday, when he unveiled the newly elected officials of the council to newsmen in Umuahia.
Igara said that as the name implied, IPAC should advice the ruling Peoples Democratic Party on the best ways to administer the state.
“We want to join hands with the ruling party to develop the major cities of Umuahia, Aba and Ohafia with the development plan we shall produce.
“We cannot continue to do one thing the same way and expect a different result.
“IPAC is not supposed to play the role of opposition. Our role is advisory and we shall be advising rather than fighting the government.
“If we fight the government, then the citizenry will suffer because fighting will stall development, “ Igara said.
He said that his leadership was determined to do things differently from what obtained in the past, using different strategies to achieve result.
He said that as a major stakeholder in the affairs of the state, IPAC would evolve a robust plan to guide the government to ensure that it delivered the dividend of democracy to the people.
He said that the new leadership would devise new techniques of getting its advice across and acceptable to the government.
Igara said that IPAC under his watch would educate and reorientate the chairmen of all the political parties on ways to meet the people’s expectations.
He said that the council would establish effective communication with traditional institutions and religious organisations to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry for their active participation in the electoral process.
He wondered why less than half-a-million of the two million registered voters in the state voted in the 2019 polls and blamed the development on people’s apathy and lack of confidence in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to discharge its duties creditably.
Senate President Mourns Victims Of Lokoja Fuel Tanker Explosion
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has condoled with the families of victims of the September 23, fuel tanker explosion on the federal highway in Lokoja.
Lawan, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi yesterday, expressed grief over the gruesome accident in which more than 20 people, including school children, reportedly lost their lives and property destroyed.
“It is sad and totally unacceptable that such tragedy keeps recurring on our roads in spite of ample road safety regulations and enforcement personnel.
“We mourn those who unfortunately lost their lives and pray for the speedy recovery of those who are injured.
“The incident underscores the need for constant review of our road safety strategy and mechanism with a view to making them more effective in preventing carnage on our roads.
“Significantly improving road safety in Nigeria is an urgent challenge for the relevant authorities and other stakeholders in our transport sector.
“We have to bring an end to the rampant carnage on our roads,’’ Lawan said.
The Senate President also extended his condolences to the government and people of Kogi over the tragic incident.
Ondo Poll: INEC Solicits Monarchs’ Support
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged traditional rulers in Ondo state to help promote peace and ensure the electorate complied with COVID-19 protocols during the October 10 governorship election.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the appeal yesterday when he met with the traditional rulers in the state on the governorship election on Thursday in Akure.
Yakubu said that the meeting was to solicit the traditional rulers’ support to impress on their subjects the need to maintain peace and shun violence all through the process leading to the election and after.
“Basically, we seek for your support in three ways. First, to continue to appeal to political parties candidates and their supporters for peace, as you have always done in your domains.
“Secondly, to call on your people to observe the rules of personal and public safety.
“This is an election conducted in the context of a global health emergency -the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important for voters to vote and go home safely.
“Thirdly, we seek for your prayers for peace in Ondo State. We also seek for your prayers for INEC that election to be held on Saturday will be peaceful free, fair, transparent, and credible.
“Edo was a good election. We are determined that Ondo is going to be better. We did so in 2016. This commission conducted the last election in spite of the tension before the election.
“It was one of the best elections conducted by the Commission such that it remains the only governorship election in the history of Ondo State since 1999 whose outcome was not challenged in court,” he said.
“However, where voters, INEC officials, or security agents show symptoms, we have arranged with PTF and the Ondo State COVID-19 response team to immediately evacuate such persons to their isolation centers for treatment.
Rep Hails Buhari Over N12.8bn Approval For Abia Road
The spokesman for the House of Representatives, Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the construction of Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia road (LOT 2) in Abia.
In a statement yesterday Kalu described the approval of the 45km road construction as the biggest intervention in the state, saying that the road had been abandoned for 44 years.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC), had on Wednesday approved N12.08 billion for the rehabilitation to begin from the Umuahia axis of the road.
According to the lawmaker, this wonderful intervention would boost the economic fortunes of the people in the area.
“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire Federal Executive Council for acknowledging our request for federal intervention in the Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia road.
“I thank him for approving the rehabilitation and construction of the road which had been abandoned since its construction in 1976.
“The people of Bende have suffered greatly as a result of the severe dilapidation of the road.
“Therefore, FEC’s approval of the project is concrete proof that this particular administration is genuine about stopping infrastructure decay in the country,” he said.
The Rep. also congratulated his colleagues at both chambers of the National Assembly who represent the axis where the road cuts across in Abia.
He also appealed to the leadership of the National Assembly to make the road scale through in the 2021 appropriation.
Kalu appealed to the leadership of both chambers of the legislature and all those involved in the appropriation process to render their gracious support to put an end to the suffering of the people of Abia.
“I am hopeful that the contractor will be duly funded to immediately start work from the Umuahia axis, having secured this approval,” Kalu said.(NAN)
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