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Kogi Guber: I Will Make Kogi A Leading State In Nigeria – Tettes

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By Gabriel Atumeyi

A businessman Alhaji Shuaibu Adah Mohammed Tettes has picked the nomination and expression of interest form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), promising to readjust the state to make it one of the leading states in Nigeria in terms of viability.

Tettes as he is popularly called made this pledge when he picked his nomination and expression of interest form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

He said he has join the race because he could no longer seat on the sideline while his people suffered and that as a man who has a long career working in the private sector and getting things done, he considered himself the best man for the job.

He said, “that I have had to address pressmen and other participants I always make it very clear that the challenges of Kogi state is leadership, over the years Kogi state has not been lucky to have a leader that is well connected to the grassroot. A leader in bringing the dividend of democracy to the people of Kogi state, a leader that delivers happiness. A leader that can empower our women. All these are lacking. In the last three years it has become obvious that there is little or no hope that we can get any of these things. So as somebody from the state, somebody that grew up in the state, somebody that has traversed the entire state. I feel pained that this must not continue.

“I feel pained that there must be a change. And so I convened what I call rebuild Kogi 2019. That is exactly what has brought me here today, because I am going to rebuild Kogi state under the platform of a great party, the greatest party in Africa. The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP). I know and I believe that the task ahead is enormous. It is a task that requires a collective commitment of the entire people of Kogi state. it is a task that we must join hands to deliver results. So I am not coming to say that I am going for a tea party. I am going with full understanding of the weight of the situation on ground and I know I have what it takes to deliver Kogi state from complete ruin.

“Kogi state is collapsing. I will not seat by to allow it collapse . I am a rescuer and I am going to rescue Kogi from total ruin. I have the courage, motivation and vision. I will make it one of the top ten state in Nigeria. I have studied its viability and I know we have enormous resources, from tourism to agriculture to tourism. I have a document that enunciates the how, and the timing.

I have the experience I have worked with a leading multinational corporation, Heineken international and at certain point in my career I was head of operations. Operations are all about getting things done. The gap we have even in the leadership of the country is not about idea or strategies but about getting things done. Its about how to implement the strategies to bring results, he added.

Speaking on his fate in the credibility of the party’s primary, he said that he believed that the PDP is now the party to beat after it has rebranded itself and that the top echelon of the party have assure all aspirants of their commitment to the integrity and fairness of process.

He said “Me and my team have met the national organizing secretary of the party and he assured me that the process is going to be transparent, he spoke with passion and I believe him. He has great love for this country and for our great party. He told me how rebranded this party has become, with that level of assurance I want to believe the process will be transparent.

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“We did not Seal NLC Secretariat” – Police

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Police did not seal the secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at Yaba, Lagos, on Monday as being rumoured, police spokesman in Lagos State, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has said.

Hundeyin told newsmen that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, only went to the NLC secretariat to address protesters.

He was reacting to the rumour and giving reasons for heightened security upgrade in hotspots around Lagos on Monday.

Heavily armed police operatives were seen at Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota and other parts of Lagos on Monday, in readiness for a planned protest by organised labour.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had scheduled a nationwide strike for Feb.

27 and Feb. 28 to protest what they called hardship currently being faced by Nigerians.

They charged that the hardship was inflicted on Nigerians following hike in prices of goods and services consequent upon the removal of fuel subsidy and the free fall of the naira.

The TUC, however, pulled out of the scheduled protest on Saturday.

Hundeyin told NAN that the police proactively arrived at the NLC secretariat and at other hotspots to ensure adequate security for planners of the strike and to prevent their procession from being hijacked by hoodlums.

“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fayoade addressed the protesters before the procession took off in his presence.

“The procession was peaceful and without any untoward incident,’’ Hundeyin said, adding that Mr Fayoade personally monitored the security operation and the protest.

He stated that the protesters neither caused traffic obstruction nor got involved in violent activities.

He explained that the procession moved from Yaba area to Maryland, stressing that the police were with the protesters all the way.

“The protesters played their part well and did not obstruct traffic.

“The police provided adequate security and ensured the procession was not hijacked. Everything went fine.

“All the protesters have since dispersed. It has been a good day,’’ Hundeyin stressed. (NAN)

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VP Shettima Arrives Enugu for project Inauguration

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on Monday arrived  Enugu State for project inauguration.

Shettima, who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at 9.

52a.m. with a Presidential Jet 5N-FGW, was received by Gov.
Peter Mbah of Enugu Enugu, Hope Uzodimma of  Imo, Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra and Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi.

Others are Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, Traditional Rulers, Government Officials and many South-East dignitaries.

The visit is his first to the South-East since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.

He is expected to attend South-East Business Roundtable and formal launch of South-East phase of the Light Up Nigeria Project.

He is also expected to inaugurate Aba Integrated Power Project being organised by the Management of Geometric Power Limited. (NAN)

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Police College Ikeja Prepares for New Recruits in Lagos

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Police College Ikeja in Lagos State says it is prepared to start training the screened new Police constables for the next six months.

The College Spokesperson, ASP Owajulaye Saka, disclosed this on Monday in an interview in Lagos.

Saka said that ahead of the training, all the drilling instructors had started training their personnel, stressing that the college had enough instructors to take care of the trainees.

He said that the Minister of Police Affairs, Sen.

Ibrahim Gaidam, had visited for spot assessment of the institution’s facilities.

The college’s spokesperson said the minister was satisfied with what he saw but requested the management of the school to submit the list of materials needed by the institution.

Saka said the school had since submitted the list to the ministry, which included mattresses, kitchen utensils and fans for the classrooms.

NReports says that the Police Service Commission (PSC), had successfully screened no fewer than 171,956 applicants for the position of constables nationwide.

The PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement that the successful applicants were currently receiving messages, inviting them for Computer Based Tests scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th, across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Ani also said that 43,778 out of the applicants, who were successful in the specialists cadre during the screening, were expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the commission. (NAN)

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