A frontline community leader in Rivers State and President of Okoloma-Afam Youth Association (OAYA), Hon. Stanleyson Akaya, has said that the state urgently deserves courageous, vision- driven and experienced leaders like Governor Nyesom Wike;the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Amb Desmond Akawor; the PDP governorship candidate ahead of the 2023 general election, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, and other PDP candidates to bring about the drastic changes that would user in improved revenue and take the state to greater development pedestal.
Speaking with journalists recently in Afam, Akaya described Wike, Akawor, Fubara as leaders Rivers State deserves to change the wheel of progress governance, noting that Fubara would produce quality and best legacy in governance, if voted into power next year.
“We are all proud of the emergence of Fubara and his running mate, Prof Ngozi Ordu, and other PDP candidates in the state and believe that they would not disappoint the people. I am soliciting your unalloyed support for them to be elected in order to succeed the incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike next year. Fubara and Ordu are focused, organised, transparent and courageous leaders,” he declared.
According to him, “What is challenging is the competency of a good succession. We need good administrative pathfinder and management icon and model to redirect the future of this state from its present state of good and remarkable administration under Governor Nyesom Wike in the past seven years.
“I am pleading with Rivers electorate to do Fubara, Ordu and other PDP candidates a favour so that they could change Rivers’ position in the country.
“They are thinkers and problem-solvers. We need to intellectually interrogate ourselves on the type of leaders we want for our state,”Akaya, who doubles as chairman, Oyigbo Youth Presidents’Forum,stressed: “We need visionary leaders that would take the oil-rich state forward developmentally.
“Accelerated development of our state is all about thinking and action, and we should be ready to do that again. It is a delicate time in the state, so I beseech you all to choose the right candidates with the brain, finance and capacity to deliver quality governance for the benefit of the electorate”, he said.
Meanwhile, Hon. Stanleyson Akaya has also joined millions of Rivers people to support the governorship flag bearer of the PDP in the state and his running mate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara and Prof Ngozi Ordu, by way of mobilising and sensitising the electorate for votes that would take Fubara and Ordu to the Government House in the state.
Akaya, a former supervisory councillor in the area, assured Fubara and Ordu of 100percent votes from Okoloma-Afam and the people of Ndoki to enable the electorate “possess their possessions in Rivers State,” describing the elections as victory unimaginable and uninterrupted.
By: Bethel Toby
We Get Petrol At N200 Per Litre From Depots, IPMAN Cries Out
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has decried the ‘unsustainable’ price that the private depot owners sell the premium motor spirit, otherwise known as petrol in the country.
Speaking, yesterday, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Deputy National President of IPMAN, Zarama Mustapha, revealed that the private depots get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from the sole importer of the commodity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, however, sell it for as high as N195 to N210 to independent marketers, which is not sustainable.
“Though marketers get petrol at the approved price of N148/litre from NNPC depots, the company does not have enough storage facilities to cater to the needs of marketers, hence, the latter resorts to private depot owners. It is more of the issue of private depots collecting the products at the approved price and not selling to the independent marketers at a price approved by the mainstream, downstream regulatory authority.
“You cannot get a product at N195 to N200 and expect to sell it at N175,” he noted.
The IPMAN official said depot owners give excuses such as the cost of transporting the product from the mother vessel to their depots and escalation of the dollar as reasons for the price hike.
Mustapha lamented that most Lagos depots are in a chaotic situation and marketers spend three days to load refined petrol that they are not supposed to spend more than three hours to lift.
He urged the NNPC to engage depot owners to sell the product to marketers at the recommended price, saying the common man is at the receiving end.
For weeks, vehicle owners have had a tough time getting petrol from filling stations, especially in Lagos and Abuja.
Whilst many outlets are closed, the few open ones sell the indispensable commodity for as high as N250 per litre from the uniform price of N169/litre.
The supply shortage has led to long, gruelling snake-like queues at the few open filling stations as motorists and business owners jostle to buy fuel while others resort to the black market.
The situation has also worsened traffic on major roads as vehicle owners block at least one lane to join queues to filling stations.
Make Nigerian Youths Innovative, Buhari Tells Corporate Leaders
President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked leaders of corporate organisations to build the capacity of Nigerian youths to be innovative and embrace technology to make positive contributions to their organisations and the nation.
The president, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, said this at the Institute of Directors (IoD) 2022 Annual Director’s Conference (ADC), yesterday, in Lagos.
The ADC had as its theme: “Corporate Governance and Digital Transformation: Leading Purposefully for Growth and Sustainability.”
Buhari, noting that the challenges associated with corporate governance were multifaceted, stressed the need for heads of organisations to harness technology to achieve effective governance.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing the necessary legal support and framework to support the entrenchment of good corporate governance practices across various sectors of the economy.
Buhari also pledged his commitment to supporting the IoD by giving the institute’s chartered bill the necessary consideration to enable it to achieve its mandate.
Deputy Secretary General, United Nations, Ms Amina Mohammed, said the world was hit by a series of global crises which have affected the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Mohammed said technology and digitalisation would set the era of digital transformation in areas of health, education, agriculture and finance.
Nigeria Does Not Belong To North, Arewa Youths Tell Northern Elders
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has said that Nigeria does not belong to the North ahead of the 2023 general election.
Apparently reacting to the recent interview granted by a member of the Northern Elders Forum, Alh Sani Zango Daura, in which he called on the North to support a Northern candidate.
The AYCF, in a statement issued by its National President, Yerima Shettima, noted that supporting a southerner was clearly a demonstration of justice.
He noted that this was because Nigeria does not belong to the North alone, or Muslims and Christians of the North, insisting that “even on moral grounds, the most responsible political action by the North was the decision on powershift in 2023, because the Presidency cannot be hereditary and Nigeria is not a Banana Republic”.
Shettima further said, however, that the elder was expressing his personal opinion and not the stand of the North in general, saying that a “ little balancing was needed in position of our father Zangon Daura, more so when he admitted that the elders are mere escorts for the younger generation today”.
The AYCF noted that when 13 Northern governors led by Kaduna State Governor, Mal Nasirel-Rufai endorsed a Southern candidate for the 2023 presidency, they repeatedly cited political justice.
“Though we are not card-carrying members of the APC, we shared the view that the decision was in line with being fair to the South in 2023.
“We are aware, as well as our father ZangonDaura, that the North is respected for honouring its promises to the South and this one absolutely undeniable character of all Northerners.
“We are not known to break promises and that explains why our son, President MuhammaduBuhari never objected to the idea of a Southern presidential candidate in the ruling party. In the North, like our father ZangonDaura knows, promises are sacred and in fact a culture”.
It would be recalled that in a viral audio of AlhajiZangonDaura while addressing a group of youths, suggested that they should throw their weight behind a fellow Northerner for the presidency in 2023, citing historic and religious instances, something the AYCF said it believed was “overtaken by events, current realities, and the spirit of justice and fairness in the Nigerian project”.
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