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‘Restructure Nigeria To Six Geo-Political Zones’

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An evangelist and social activist in Lagos State has called for the restructuring of Nigeria, the practice of true federalism and the promotion of productive competition among the federating units as the panacea for peace and unity in the country.

The current six geo-political zones, according to him, should become the administrative units of the country under the restructing in order to drastically reduce the financial cost of administering the country under the 36 states and 774 local governments of the present arrangement.

Mr John Ogwai author of the book: Vision 2015 Super Super Nigeria stated this in an exclusive interview in Lagos.

Ogwai, who described himself as a missionary for social reformation  said he first got the revelation for the return of Nigeria to the six geo political zones administrative arrangement during the General Sani Abacha regime in Nigeria.

The vision, he said was revealed to him again during the Chief Olusaegun Obasanjo government.

He said that while the governors should be reduced from 36 to six (corresponding with the geo-political zones) executive powers should be removed from the local councils whose chairmen and councillors should be part-time appointees who earn allowances.

The new arrangement, he said would take available about 83 per cent of the national budget for infrastructural development, agriculture, education, health, energy, transportation and social services.

Ogwai w ho advocated that the six geo-political zones administrative structure should take effect by 2015, challenges the present government , the nation’s law makers and political parties to work to bring it to fruition , saying the revelation was a true message from heaven to bring unity, peace and development to Nigeria.

He also called for moral re-armament of our youths and leaders to enable them offer selfless service to move the nation forward.

According to him, if the principle of 50 per cent derivation I reestablished and a high spirit of productive competition among the geo-political units of governance and true federalism, were encouraged, the nation will develop, as according to him, there was no geo-political region that cannot survive without oil.

Ogwai, who is a prince of Benin kingdom, studies in Nigeria and England, worked for 24 years with Mobil Oil Producing Unlimited where he was founder and first chairman of the Mobil Oil branch of Petroleum and National Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

Widely travelled in Europe and America, Ogwai began his Christian ministry in 1994 when he left Holy Ghost Assembly where he was member to start his soul-winning evangelism through writing and distributing tracks.

He told The Tide on Sunday that copies of the book Vision 2015: Super Super Nigeria has been forwarded to senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The foreword to the book was written by Moses O. Ihonde, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the US and ex-speech writer to General Yakubu Gowon

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Yiaga Africa Blames Govt For Voters’ Apathy

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Independent election observer group, Yiaga Africa, has expressed worry that increasing voters’ apathy as witnessed in the Anambra governorship election may not have been caused by insecurity but increasing loss of confidence in government.
A board member of the group, Ezenwa Nwagwu held the view in Awka during a post-election reflection meeting with leaders of Civil Society Organizations.
Nwagwu reiterated that the ugly trend was not necessarily occasioned by insecurity that had always heralded elections in the past, but growing disconnect between the government and the masses, saying it is time populace held government to account to bridge the gap.
He said: “Election is over. Now we have to watch governance and the only way to do that is to clearly design pathways through which we can hold the government accountable.
“One of the ways is for the citizens to engage the government with budget process. Government every year estimates what it uses the people’s resources to do for them.
“Unfortunately, the people involved don’t show any interest, and four years later, the same people will start complaining that government has failed, even when there was nothing to track.
“We need to see how the Media and Civil Society groups can collaborate and produce what I call a citizen charter demand that they can hand over to the new Governor-elect.
“They can liaise with other professional bodies to conduct infrastructural assessment in the state and use that as a document to organize a town-hall meeting to engage government officials.”
Nwagwu also identified what he termed “fear and complaint industries” as major impediments to the growth and development of the state, insisting that the two factors must be shut to enable people of the state enjoy democracy dividends.
He added: “We need to close up the two industries of fear and complaint that have gripped the state, especially after the election so people can leverage the benefits of governance.
“If we continue with this scare-mongering and complaints, we will only succeed in having few persons taking over the government and dictating the pace.”

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CVR: Fresh Registrations Hit 4.2m

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that fresh registration in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) has hit 4,297,494.
The commission disclosed this in the second quarter, week seven, weekly update released by the commission in Abuja recently.
The commission said that as at 7 a.m. on Monday, November 22, 1,856,771 persons have completed their online and physical registration.
According to statistics provided by the commission, 1,856,771 persons who completed their registration, include 941,098 males, 915,673 females.
It also added that 741,183 persons completed their registration online, while 1,115,588 completed it through physical registration.

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Saraki Visits Benue Over Presidential Ambition 

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A former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has visited Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over his ambition to vie for President in 2023.
Saraki, after a close door meeting with Governor Ortom, also met with the State Working Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to familiarise them with his intention to kick start consultations for his ambition to rule the country.
He said that the nationwide defection of party loyalists from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP was an indication that there might not be anyone left in the party before the next election.
“A party that cannot organise its affairs has no business leading this country. A party that has organised its affairs is ready in leading this country and that is the PDP,” he said.
Saraki added that the North Central Zone has paid its dues by working so hard in keeping the country together as one united entity just as he pointed out that, “this time we must stand for our own and charity begins at home.”
The ex -senate president, who was accompanied on the visit by former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, former National Chairman of the PDP, Kawu Baraje, Senator Suleiman Adokwe and Prof Iyorwuese Hagher, Chairman of Council, Saraki for President Campaign, thanked the Benue governor for standing out for the zone.
Earlier, Governor Ortom, eulogised Saraki for being one of those Nigerians that had contributed immensely to the development of democracy.
Ortom said it was time to rescue the country from bottom, a position it was placed by the APC government, to the top, adding that Saraki deserves the presidential seat to enable him salvage the country from its current mess.
On his part, the State Chairman of the PDP, Sir John Ngbede, represented by his deputy, Isaac Mfo, said the party in the state had remained intact even as he assured the presidential hopeful that they would back his ambition to rule the country.

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