From Alfred Babs, Ilorin
Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan has expressed the willingness of the present administration of the All Progressive Congress APC to develop the country for good saying “We are in a hurry to develop the country.
Lawan disclosed this at an empowerment programme, organized by the Senator representing Kwara North District, Senator Sadiq Umar held at Kwara State Polytechnic Mini Stadium in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara state.
He said that President Muhamadu Buhari-led administration was working hard to fix infrastructural challenges and urged all Nigerians to continue to support the government.
He reiterated the need to partner with the state government and the local government adding that “the partnership has been so purposeful, impactful that today in every every part of Nigeria you have what we called infrastructure development.Federal government of president Buhari is in a hurry, we are in a hurry to develop Nigeria, in four years between 2019 and 2023 by the grace of God Nigeria would have been turned into an infrastructure laboratory because every part of Nigeria from East to the West to the North to the South. In the East the Second Niger Bridge today is at about 75 percent completion level.
“The synergy between our states and Federal Government of Nigeria is working. It is making Nigeria to develop. We have never seen infrastructure like that of this administration” he said
While commending the constituency projects of Senator Umar as part of his Constituency project, he said “Constituency projects are direct touch of the needs of the communities.
He however urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the items given to them.
“Beneficiaries please don’t sell whatever you are given, if you sell whatever is given to you, you are doing injustice to yourself, you are also doing injustice to those who would have benefited from it please don’t sell, use whatever you are given because is meant to make your life better.” He said.
Lawan also called on the people of Kwara State to continue to support Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to consolidate on his remarkable achievements in the last two years, saying that his administration has delivered on key components of governance in a way and style not seen over the past decade in the state.
He acknowledged the humility and maturity of the Governor in handling of state matters, commending his leadership of the state and its people.
“Your Excellency, the APC administration in Kwara State is barely two and half years. We know how far we have gone in just two and half years.”
The senate president particularly praised AbdulRazaq for working closely with the three senators from Kwara to perform their legislative functions with comfort and bring dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
The Senator representing Kwara North Senatorial District, Sadiq Umar, explained that the programme was to give back to the people of his constituency who gave him the mandate to serve them.
He added that the programme complements the efforts of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in addressing the needs of people of North who he said have long been neglected over the years.
“I have deliberately focused on programmes that will have direct impacts on the lives of the people in the areas of education, road, water, health, agriculture as well other infrastructure and human capital development generally,” he said.
“This year we have decided to do a single empowernment Programme today, although several training and skills enhancement in areas of IT, shoe making, bag making, cake production, household items, fishery, agriculture, vocalization, phone repair, hair dressing and so on were conducted but we are giving the items to them today. We have provided about 20 vehicles, 120 motorcycles, 14 tricycles, mostly for institutional and group youths so as to strengthen our structure and because of the numbers of the items present here today we have 20 different categories of items and because of the geography of Kwara North and because of the time of our guest we shall be doing a symbolic hand over all the items will be moved to the various local government for proper handover to the beneficiaries. I employ all beneficiaries to make best use of what we are able to give them they should make judicious use of of these items for the benefit of all.” He said
He assured Governor AbdulRazaq of the people of Kwara North’s continuous support for the administration.
2023: Atiku/Okowa Ticket ‘ll Wrest Power From APC —Okowa
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate says only the PDP will wrest from the All Progressives Congress in 2023 general elections.
Okowa stated this while addressing the people of Delta and party faithful who turned out enmasse to receive him at the Grand Reception organised by the State PDP on Thursday in Asaba after his emergence as the party’s Vice Presidential candidate.
The governor, who appreciated God and thanked Nigerians for his elevation and support, said he was grateful to the Party Presidential Flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, for selecting and nominating him as the vice presidential candidate.
According to Okowa, the Atiku/Okowa joint ticket is for victory, hope and the only ticket that will rescue power from the APC led government come 2023.
He said that the nation needed to pray, be resilient and be hopeful, adding that the process of rebuilding the country and give hope to the youth, women and indeed to Nigerians has begun.
Okowa advised youths not to be carried away by the euphoria of the time but remain committed to work with PDP for the positive change that would come.
He said that he had in the past seven years, with the support of youths, built Delta State, adding that this would be replicated in the national level should the party emerge winner.
The governor said that the PDP-led government, if returned to power, would tackle insecurity, create jobs and rebuild the economy and ensure that education remained key to end this incessant strikes in federal universities and other institutions.
“Atiku has been talking on the need to restructure the country and the need to engage the private sector to provide opportunities for the youth and women.
“We wants to assure the private sector that a new hope is coming and we shall tackle the issues of insecurity by providing jobs for the youth.
“We cannot do this alone but with the support of the women and youths; we shall bring back Nigeria among respected nations in the world.
” So, I urge all of you to go out there to register and collect your Permanent Voters’ Cards and by the grace of God we will win in 2023,” Okowa said.
The Deputy Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Mr Ndudi Elemelu, the Ohaneze Indigbo Youths and that of the Women wings, led by Mr Okonna Nwike and Rita Daniels among other groups, gave their support for the Atiku/Okowa joint ticket.
Governor Okowa was accompanied home by the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and members of the party’s working committee.
Also, the state Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, the state party Chairman, Mr Kingsley Esiso, traditional rulers, clergymen, party faithful and gospel singers, were on ground to receive Okowa in a worship and praise to God for the governor.(NAN)
Peter Obi Explains Why he Paid Wike Visit
The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Mr. Peter Obi has explained the reason he paid a visit to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in Port Harcourt.
Obi on Wednesday paid a surprised visit to the former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at his private residence.
While details of the meeting remains sketchy, the former Anambra State Governor, hours later, took to his official Twitter handle to give a hint on why he met Wike.
He disclosed that he met with the governor to discuss vital national issues.
His tweet read: “Earlier, I visited Port Harcourt, to confer with H.E. @GovWike on vital issues of national interest.”
Obi’s visit came amid speculations that Wike, former presidential hopeful on the platform of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may dump the PDP for the Labour Party.
Review Your Manifestos, Campaign Strategies – Nigerians Tell Political Parties
Citizens of Jigawa State have called on political parties and candidates to review their manifestoes and campaign strategies to suit the demands and aspirations of the people of the state.
This was contained in a ”Next Jigawa Guiding Document” on the citizens’ inputs for the development of the state.
The outfit is a gathering of professionals who aim to encourage good governance drawn from all segments of the society.
“Next Jigawa” comprises academicians, civil servants, professionals, businessmen, religious scholars, civil society activists and other nonpartisan people who have a passion for the development of the state.
Chairman of the group, Professor Haruna Ibrahim, said the documents were produced to influence the political parties and their candidates to understand the citizens’ needs and work based on their demands and expectations.
He said, ” We have conducted a survey and also gathered citizens’ inputs from all the communities across the 27 local government areas of the state and we finally came up with this document which we hope will be adopted as a guide by political parties and their candidates.
“The document contains areas that need quick and urgent response such as education, health, civil service, commerce, environment and other areas”
Prof. Ibrahim also noted that if the inputs are considered, they would help in the development of the state in particular and the country in general.
Kogi Assembly Passes Local Government Autonomy Bill
From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Kogi State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed Local Government Autonomy Bill.
This followed the consideration of the bill to alter the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which seek to abolish Joint Account of the State and Local Governments.
The bill also seeks to create a different account for Local Governments where they are expected to receive their allocation from the Federation Account.
The Lawmakers in their various contributions unanimously threw their support behind the bill, describing it as timely.
The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Alfa Rabiu noted that the bill which will enhance democracy will also provide financial independence at the Local Government level.
The member representing Olamaboro Constituency, Anthony Ujah explained that the bill is long overdue, saying it will reduce financial pressure on the State Governments.
While the member representing Adavi, Ibrahim Usman stated that the bill will enhance development at the grassroots, Lokoja one counterpart, Umar Tenimu noted that Local Government have not been able to meet their responsibilities due to the Joint Account.
Meanwhile, the President of Kogi State Chapter, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE) Comrade Tade Adeyemi, has applauded the State Assembly for the passage of the bill saying the passage would ensure security and development on the council areas.
He urged other State Assemblies to ensure the passage of the bill so as to get the required two third majority at the National Assembly.
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