A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Kingsley Chinda, has called for sincere and more robust participation in governance, noting that getting involved and making reasonable contributions are the right steps to making society better.
Chinda, who represents Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, made the call while speaking at an Evening of Poetry and Tributes organised by the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation in honour of late Ogoni activist, author and environmentalist, Patrick Naagbanton held in Port Harcourt, weekend.
The federal lawmaker recalled having a discussion with the late author and environmentalist (Patrick) where he told the latter that the political space was in dire need of selfless people who wish society well.
According to him, during one of my interactions with him (Patrick), I told him that in government circles, we have very few comrades. And the few comrades that we have are not making the required impact or changes, I don’t know whether we have too much water in our mouths.
“But very sincerely, all our efforts are to change society. And I don’t believe that sitting outside, we can truly change this society. If we can, perhaps, we need to change our style to change this society.
“What I mean is to encourage people who very sincerely wish society well. People who are prepared to be selfless in their service to humanity, people who are not after material things, people who are not after bettering their own lives first before that of the people they serve, to involve in public service.
“That is the only way we can better our country. As long as we stay away from government and governance we cannot change the society. Government and governance is serious business and it requires serious minded people to be involved. It is not enough to criticize people, provide an alternative,” he stated.
Hon. Chinda, who also wrote a poem in honour of the late Ogoni activist which he read to the admiration of the gathering noted that the life of the late environmentalist reemphasises that it is not how long, but how well you live your life, saying, “The life of Patrick should impact on us positively because he lived a good life.”
He revealed that Patrick had motivated him to put something on paper even after he opened up to him that he didn’t have the flair to write a book, saying, “He told me that one thing you need to do to live a mark is not the number of houses you build, not the quantum of wealth you have, but that writing books is one thing that can live you and live your name even after you. That I should start something.
“I am presently writing a book ‘Annotation of the Rules of House of Representatives’. I expect that by the first quarter of next year, that book will be out. It is about 85 to 90 per cent done. I still attribute that (the feat) to that discussion I had with him. It was an encouragement; it is only unfortunate that he is not alive to witness the unveiling of that book,” the federal lawmaker lamented
Hon. Chinda,, a former Commissioner for Environment in Rivers State, however, said that Patrick still lives not because of the things he has left behind, though he will be dearly missed, saying, “We might be mourning, but perhaps the person who has exited is happy because he is going to live a new life, But the thing that behoves all of us is that we must be ready.”
By: Dennis Naku
Group Urges FG To Ignore Campaign Of Calumny Against Sylva
The Movement for Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality (MOSIEND) has urged the Federal Government to ignore the ongoing campaigns of calumny against Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Prince Marley, and Mr Godwin Opiuyo, Chairman and Secretary of Eastern zone of MOSIEND in Yenogoa.
The group said it had noted with dismay that some unpatriotic individuals, envious of the performance of some political office holders, had resorted to cheap blackmail to discredit them.
MOSIEND stated that as a leading advocacy group in the Niger Delta, it would not fold its arms and watch faceless groups haul malicious and baseless claims to leaders from the region.
“The latest is the unwarranted media mudslinging from one shadowy bunch of fugitive agent provocateurs parading themselves as Nigerians for Transformational Change (NTC).
“The group with no known address, calling for the sack of the Chief Sylva over summons by a US District Court in Pennsylvania over a defamation of character case, which he instituted against one Jackson Ude is frivolous,” MOSIEND stated.
The group, in dismissing the call noted that the case of libel was instituted by Sylva against Ude in the US, adding that Sylva was the plaintiff while Ude was the Respondent/Defendant.
MOSIEND also noted that the matter has not been concluded thus the brains behind the blackmail was to whip up public sentiment against Sylva amounts to prejudice because the case was in court.
They urged the relevant agencies of the Federal Government to go after the masterminds of the smear campaign and bring them to face the extant laws as it concerns inciting the public based on falsehood.
Parties’ Campaign Committees: Group Makes Case For PWDs Inclusion
The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities has said that persons with disabilities should be included in campaign committees for elections.
The CCD Executive Director, David Anyaele, stated this on Friday during a press conference, at the Elomaz Hotel, in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.
Anyaele stated that political parties had the responsibility of taking appropriate measures to create space for equal opportunity for persons living with disabilities.
He said, “Political parties need to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in the campaign committees and campaign podiums should be made accessible to all with the provision of sign language interpreters, access to information and disability inclusive manifesto.
“INEC should ensure that they take appropriate steps to review all the previous off circle elections reports submitted by organisations of and for persons with disabilities, for the identification of forms and patterns as well as extent of complaints on persons with disabilities struggle on election days.
“This is with the view of finding solutions with scenario building. Findings from previous election reports shows that a bulk of the problems faced by Persons with disabilities participate on Election Day.”
The Executive Director urged the media to continue its support to the disability community.
He said, “The media is our eyes, ears and legs. With the help of the media, issues of concern to persons with disabilities would be mainstreamed in the 2023 general election conversations.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State Inter Party Advisory Council, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Richard Echigbue, stated that there was a need for people with disabilities to belong to a party in order to have a voice.
He said, “We encourage people living with disabilities to come and join a party and we can start the conversation from there.
“Our party for example, is based on egalitarian principles where equity reigns, there’s no discrimination or inequality.
“As long as you’re human, and you have the capability to perform, you’ll be given a chance. Other parties should also try and incorporate people living with disabilities into their system.”
Osun APC, PDP Trade Blame Over Killings
The Osun State chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday traded blame over reported killing of two members of the ruling party.
Three people were reportedly killed in Ede, the hometown of the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, last Friday and Saturday while members of PDP were allegedly sharing balance of governorship election fund.
The incident also led to razing of residence of Osun Assembly Minority leader of PDP, Babajide Kofoworola.
A statement by APC Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun through his media aide, Kola Olabisi, stated that the alleged killings of the two APC members by suspected PDP thugs in Ede during the fracas over disagreement on the sharing formula of the PDP left-over election fund was senseless, primitive and wicked.
Famodun noted that the shameful and wicked act of killings of fellow human beings over electoral loots by the suspected PDP thugs was an indication that the Osun PDP is fundamentally challenged.
He urged the Osun State Commissioner of Police to thoroughly investigate the incident, especially in the area that concerns an alleged compromised police chief who is said to be eyeing the position of the Chief Security Officer(CSO) to Senator Ademola Adeleke.
However, the PDP in a statement by the Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, alleged that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is planning to destabilise Osun State ahead of his exit from office in November.
He tasked the security agencies to swing into action and bring to book perpetrators of fatal attack and razing of the house of Osun State House of Assembly Minority Leader, Akogun Babajide Kofoworola in a reprisal attack.
The statement maintained that Adeleke strongly condemned the arson attacks on the lawmaker’s family and warned Governor Oyetola not to plunge Osun State into chaos as a consequence of his loss at the poll.
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