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LG Polls: Lagos PDP Concludes Primaries

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, has concluded primary elections for emergence of  its flagbearers for the July 24 local government elections across the 57 councils in the state.
The state PDP Chairman, Mr Adedeji Doherty, said in a statement on Monday in Lagos that the party’s executives in the state had congratulated all the chairmanship, vice-chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party for the polls.
Doherty, who said that a comprehensive list of the candidates would be published soon, advised the flagbearers to be worthy ambassadors of the party.
He commended efforts of unsuccessful aspirants and said that though they did not win, the efforts had been noted by the party.
He urged all aspirants and candidates to remain loyal to the party.
“All candidates should know that the job has just started; you should all endeavour to make good use of the opportunity set before you by your respective local governments areas and Local Council Development Areas,” Doherty said.
He urged all candidates to do much to ensure victory in their respective councils.
“Lagos is winnable if all and sundry have their hands on deck and all acts are got right.
“I once again appreciate the efforts of all candidates and aspirants,” Doherty said.
The Tide reports that Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission has rolled out the timetable and guidelines for  elections into the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs of the state.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu State, Chief Lawrence Eze, has urged politicians to shun inflammatory and unguarded utterances that could further heat up the polity.
Eze, who was an aspirant for Enugu West Senatorial Election in 2019, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Enugu on Monday.
He said that harsh and inconsiderate utterances and rhetoric were already sending negative signal about the country to the international community, including foreigners that work or own businesses in Nigeria.
“There is a need for Nigerians especially politicians to tone down their rhetoric and stop inflammatory statements capable of setting the nation aflame, even when there is no form of war in the first place.
“The current relative peace the country has and we are enjoying is to the benefit of all.
“Hatred, segregation and hate speech only tear us apart and draw us against each other and dent our international image as well,’’ he said.
The chieftain also warned politicians not to overstep their powers and getting involved on issues not related to their duties.
 
“Today, our politicians get involved in a lot of affairs, which is not governance and do not have a bearing on their offices.
“Most politicians want to hold sway on everything happening around them, even when they are not directly involved.
“Today, politicians want to impose and influence who becomes the chief judge, archbishop, bishop, chief imam, community/market leader, youth leader of a community or association.
“Most of these negative impositions, tells on the kind of leadership we get at these levels; which is further denying Nigerians the opportunity to get competent minds based on merit,’’ Eze said.

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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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