Connect with us

POLITICS

Ikya Joins Benue Guber Race

Published

on

Share

An economic consultant, Mr Terlumun Ikya, has joined the race for 2023 Benue governorship election.

Ikya, currently the Project Management Consultant, coordinating Federal Government’s Micro, Small, Medium Size Enterprises (MSME) clinics, said this when he addressed newsmen in Abuja yesterday.

He said that he was moved to run for the exalted office because of the level of poverty in the state.

“Yes, I do. I have a desire to lead Benue as the governor and the desire is hinged on the fact that poverty is high in the state.

“I have read reports in the past indicating that when we operated regional system in the Northern Nigeria, the Benue Province which was known as Tiv Province contributed the second highest tax to the then northern region only after Kano, what has happened?

“Today, we cannot even generate enough money to pay salaries not to talk of fixing infrastructures and provide other basic amenities, so we need to look at these issues and I believe I have some ideas.

“And working with my people if elected as governor of the state, we can address those issues and make the state more prosperous,” he said.

Ikya, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that he was a loyal party member with close friends in other opposition parties like Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

See also  INEC Records 3 Million Fresh Voters as First Quarter of CVR Ends

“When you aspire to be a governor, you are not aspiring to be the governor of a party but the governor of a state and you do not have a choice, you must work with everybody,” he said.

The aspirant said that there were many salient issues that needed to be addressed in the state, promising to focus on them if elected in 2023.

Ikya said that there was need to look at the issues in the education sector, the syllabus being operated and the lack of playing grounds for children in schools and at home.

“There is a problem with how our children are developing and that is not what we went through. So, government has a responsibility to fix the public schools and not just fix the public schools but also look at the curriculum with which we operate,” he said.

Ikya said that the sector must be repositioned by ensuring that technical education was priotised was development.

The aspirant said that, if elected as governor, the health sector would be given proper attention saying that it was so painful to see many people die of COVID-19 because of insufficient oxygen and ventilators. (NAN)

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS

2023: North East Group Beckons on Akpabio to Run for Presidency

Published

on

Share

By Mohammed Muktar Umar, Bauchi

A political pressure group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North East, under the aegis of the North East APC Vanguard for Buhari, has called on the Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to run for the presidency on the platform of the party in the 2023 general election.

The call was made by the group in a press release signed by its chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed and made available to newsmen in Bauchi.

The group stated that the former Akwa Ibom State governor performed extremely well when he served as governor, adding that he was doing well even now as a cabinet minister.

This, the group submitted, showed a clear example of leadership on the part of Akpabio, whom it described as the only trusted person from the Southern part of the country and a focused leader.

“It is now time to support people from the South among which Godswill Akpabio is the only trusted person. He is a sincere and focused leader that has the youth, the people and the country at heart. 

“We call on him to come out and declare his interest to contest for the president of our dear country come 2023. We will support him fully.

See also  2023 : Mbam’s Governorship will Stimulate Development in Ebonyi – Residents

“We have already started consultations across our states; our leaders have already shown love and concern for Akpabio because of his track records in the development, unity and progress of Nigeria. Akpabio is the leader that this country needs at this material time,” the group stated.

It added that the former Senator, who represented Akwa Ibom South senatorial district in the National Assembly, has all it takes to lead Nigeria to the promised land. 

According to the group, Akpabio was the leader and the right man for the job come 2023, who could lead Nigeria without rancour or discrimination, adding that the minister was not only a philanthropist but also a  nationalist. 

In his words, the chairman stated that  “Akpabio has all it takes to lead this country to the promised land, realize the dream of our past leaders. Akpabio is the leader and the man for the job come 2023.

“Akpabio is a highly composed person that can lead this country without rancour or discrimination.  He is a philanthropist and nationalist. He is fit for the office.”

The Vanguard chairman then informed that members of the group would soon storm the office of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to present a letter of intent to support Akpabio to him.

See also  PDP Secretary: Obi, Udenwa, Ihedioha Reject “Imposition” of Anyanwu as S/E Consensus Candidate
Continue Reading

POLITICS

APC Denies Zoning Party Positions

Published

on

Share

Ahead of the February 26 convention, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied zoning party positions.

The National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator James Akpanudoedehe, while addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said the committee has not taken a position on zoning.

He described the report in some sections of the media that various party positions had been zoned as falsehood.

The secretary said, “We are also here to rebuff the fake news going round the social media that we have zoned party offices, we are yet to meet on the issue of zoning.

However, in a statement signed by Akpanudoedehe at the end of the Party’s 19th regular meeting on Wednesday, he said they considered and adopted the timetable/schedule of activities for the convention.

He said sale of forms to all aspirants vying for national offices would commence on February 14th.

See also  Gbajabiamila Advocates More Access to Capital For Nigerian Youths.
Continue Reading

BUSINESS

Lai Mohammed Plans Fact-finding on State of Petroleum Subsidy Removal

Published

on

Share

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said he will need to consult with relevant agencies to know the exact position of government on whether or not fuel subsidy will be stopped this year.

Mohammed, who spoke with newsmen yesterday after the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja, explained that he was going to initiate a fact-finding process to determine the state of things on the removal of petroleum subsidy following the announcement Tuesday by Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, that President Buhari had not told anyone to remove fuel subsidy.

When asked to clarity the issue since the 2022 budget has no subsidy provision beyond June 2022, the minister said he needed to consult with the relevant government agencies to determine the exact position of the subsidy removal question.

“As for the removal of fuel subsidy, I think you will give me time to consult with relevant departments and ministries and I will get back to you,” he said.

Last October, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, had announced that the federal government made provision for petrol subsidy only for the first six months of 2022 as the government looked towards a complete deregulation of the sector.

See also  Ondo Guber Polls: APC Stakeholders Task Party On Internal Democracy

She had said: “In our 2022 budget, we only factored in subsidy for the first half of the year. The second half of the year, we are looking at complete deregulation of the sector, saving foreign exchange and potentially earning more from the oil and gas industry.”

Reacting to Ahmed’s position after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday, Senate President, Lawan, told newsmen that President Buhari had not directed anyone in his government to implement the removal of petroleum subsidy.

But he also conceded that subsidy was a big burden, noting that a solution had to be found to it.

“Well, it will be of interest to Nigerians to hear what I’ve come to discuss with Mr. President among several other things.

“Many of us are very concerned with the recent agitations, protests and many citizens were so concerned, our constituents across the country are very concerned that the federal government will remove the petroleum subsidy. And for us, as parliamentarians, as legislators representing the people of Nigeria, this must be of interest to us.

“And we’ve just finished our recess, we had gone home to our constituencies and senatorial districts. And we felt the pulse of our people. And I found it necessary to visit Mr. President, as the the leader of our government and our leader in the country, to discuss this particular issue of concern to Nigerians, and I’m happy to inform Nigerians that Mr. President never told anyone that the petroleum subsidy should be removed.

See also  Lagos APC Hails Sanwo-Olu Over Stand on Ex-governors Pension

“I know and I agree that the subsidy is very heavy. But I think we must never transfer the burden to the citizens,” he said.

Continue Reading

Email Subscription

Name *

Email *

Top Stories

Foreign News5 hours ago

First Foreign Planes Arrive in Stricken Tonga

Share Post Views: 17 The first foreign aid planes have arrived in Tonga, bearing much-needed supplies for the Pacific nation...

Foreign News5 hours ago

Burkina Faso Shuts Facebook over Security Concerns

Share Post Views: 30 The authorities in Burkina Faso have said they disrupted access to Facebook due to security fears....

Foreign News5 hours ago

Church Stampede Kills Liberian Worshippers

Share Post Views: 30 At least 29 people, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, have died in a stampede...

Labour5 hours ago

The Imperative of Manpower Development in Ogun Civil Service

Share Post Views: 34 By Ebunlomo Taiyese Okuwa The civil service refers to a sector of government that comprises workers...

POLITICS5 hours ago

2023: North East Group Beckons on Akpabio to Run for Presidency

Share Post Views: 32 By Mohammed Muktar Umar, Bauchi A political pressure group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)...

COLUMNISTS6 hours ago

Buhari, Amaechi and a Regime of Contractual Impunity

Share Post Views: 28 By Odunayo Ajala As I sit to write this piece, a wave of indignation is sweeping...

COLUMNISTS6 hours ago

Killings: Where are Northern Elders?

Share Post Views: 34 By Emmanuel Onwubiko Nigerians must reinvent their collective sense of national outrage so we can know...

SPORTS9 hours ago

Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea Fighting for their AFCON Lives

Share Post Views: 41 Qualification for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations will be on the line...

SPORTS9 hours ago

Tunisia Looking to Deny Gambia Top Spot in Group F

Share Post Views: 36 Africa Cup of Nations debutants Gambia will be looking to secure top spot in Group F...

Foreign News9 hours ago

Egypt Edge Sudan to Secure Last 16 Berth

Share Post Views: 31 Egypt have secured a last 16 berth at the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations after...

Copyright © 2021 Daily Asset Limited | Powered by ObajeSoft Inc