The Young Progressives Party (YPP), has harped on the urgent need for patriotic citizens of Nigeria irrespective of ethnic, religious and political leanings to unite towards rescuing the country from the myriads of challenges confronting it.
The party regretted that in the last 22 years of rule of the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the current All Progressive Congress-led federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria remained at a very low ebb in virtually all socio-economic indices.
The party highlighted indices such as insecurity, where the country is being ranked the 3rd most terrorist nation in the world by the Global Terrorism Index and 149th among 183 countries in the corruption index by Transparency International.
It also regretted that Nigeria as of today is ranked 161st among 189 countries in the Human Development Index, saying summarizes the fact that the country has been on a steady downward spiral.
The Young Progressive Party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Egbeola Wale Martins on Saturday, maintained that leadership failure has been the nation’s albatross and further insisted that unless the country gets it right, every new year celebration will continue to be a painful period of reminiscing the high rate of insecurity, unemployment and poverty, rather than celebrating socio-economic prosperity driven by transformational leadership.
The party said the statement follows the trials and challenges of the outgone year (2021) in Nigeria and the failure of the government to address the myriads of challenges faced by citizens.
Continuing, the party said, “2022 is a strategic year in our political calendar as it is the penultimate year to the general elections where we will be availed yet another opportunity to elect competent and visionary leaders at all levels.
“It’s a year of preparation, Mobilization, realignment and above all, a period to get involved politically, rise above primordial sentiments such as ethnicity and religion as the events of the past few years have clearly shown that such mentality has done more harm than good”.
The YPP emphasised that it remained the only veritable platform for all citizens of Nigeria tired of the status quo and seeking a radical change in political leadership, claiming Nigeria can never grow beyond the competence and vision of her leaders.
Cleric Tasks Pliticians On People-Oriented Programme
Politicians in Nigeria have been advised to always embark on programmes and policies that would be beneficial to the common people, especially those at the grassroots.
The Arch Bishop of Enugu Ecclesiastes Province, and Anglican Bishop of Enugu, His Grace, Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma, made the call in Enugu while delivering a sermon on the occasion of a thanksgiving church service to mark the 60th birthday anniversary of former Deputy Senate President, and Senator representing Enugu west at the National Assembly, Ike Ekweremadu.
Bishop Chukwuma regretted that most politicians in Nigeria are well known for their selfishness as they only think of themselves and members of their immediate families, describing their attitudes as very unfortunate.
The clergy man wondered why politicians should treat those who voted them into office in such a wicked manner, urging them to turn a new leaf for peace to reign in the country.
He however, commended senator Ekweremadu who celebrated mainly with the elderly and less privileged, describing him as the best senator in the South East zone.
Bishop Chukwuma however noted with deep regret that for Senator Ekweremadu to rise to his present position, he suffered assassination attempt and various forms of impediments, expressing happiness that he (Ekweremadu) is alive today in spite of all odds.
By: Canice Amadi Enugu
Kidnappers Demand N10m Ransom From Family Of Abducted Widow
Suspected kidnappers, who took a middle age widow and mother of four children in Kogi, on Saturday demandef for N10 million ransom from her family.
The widow, Mrs Sefi Jimoh, was allegedly kidnapped on the road while waiting for a commercial motorcycle, popularly called “Okada” to go home after a morning prayer session at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church at Phase II in Lokoja metropolis.
Jimoh, who is an Environmental Officer with the Kogi State Governnent, is the bread winner of the family, having lost her husband some years back.
A family source, who spoke to newsmen yesterday in Lokoja, said “only this morning our sisters’ abductors got to us on phone demanding for N10 million ransom for her freedom.”
“The kidnappers first called her (widow) children and informed them that their mother is with them and that she will only be released after a payment of a N10m ransom.
“We were so shocked but relieved after knowing that she is still alive after her disappearance yesterday that sent jitters into the entire family members, friends and neighbours around.
“The question now is, where and how do we, in our financial position now, raise such money to secure our sister and mother?”
The source pleaded with the kidnappers to show the widow and the poor family mercy and release her “because getting even one million is like trying to squeeze water from a rock”.
Contacted, the Kogi Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP William Ovye-Aya, said he could not confirm nor deny it because he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of “B” Division, where the incident happened.
3,400 Civil Servants Sit For Promotion Examination In Yobe
No fewer than 3,400 civil servants in Yobe State sat for promotion examination in the state, last Saturday.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Garba Bilal, disclosed this while inspecting one of the examination centres in Damaturu, the state capital.
Bilal said the examination took place simultaneously in three designated centres across the state.
“There are 1,962 candidates in Damaturu, the state capital, 1007 in Potiskum and 431 in Gashua Local Government Areas”, he said.
Bilal said the results of the promotion would be effected immediately it was out while other processes would follow.
He also said that the civil service in the state would be revived under his watch.
“As I said when I assumed office, we are trying everything humanly possible to revive the civil service in the state.
“First is to ensure that there are trainings and retraining of civil servants. Once you train them, they will be able to give their best”, he said, adding that the training would cut across all cadres of the civil service.
“The training would be carried out in phases. The senior officers would be trained and same will scale down to junior officers.
“So before you know it, all the civil servants will be abreast of the latest development in the civil service.
“We are going to create a good succession plan in the system.
“If someone exited from the service, there would be another person to replace him effectively.
“We do not want to create a vacuum where someone will leave and there will be no other person to take his responsibilities”, he said.
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