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Makinde Charges Minister, Dare to be Good Ambassador

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August 22, 2019 9:19 pm by  david.adeoye – Nigeria – 

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By David Adeoye
Ibadan, Aug 22, 2019 (NAN) Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has congratulated the newly-appointed Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, charging him to be a good ambassador of the state.


In a statement signed in Ibadan on Thursday by Taiwo Adisa, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Makinde urged Dare to showcase the pacesetter qualities of the state in the new position.

He urged the minister, an indigene of Ogbomoso, to bring his wealth of experience to bear in transforming and repositioning the ministry.

Makinde said that the government of Oyo state looks forward to having a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Dare, who is now an ambassador of the state.
”On behalf of the good people of Oyo state, I congratulate Mr Sunday Dare on his appointment as the Minister of Youth and Sports.
”By this appointment, Mr Dare has become an ambassador of Oyo state, which has always been the pacesetter in all positive ramifications.
”We charge the new minister to keep that flag of excellence flying.
”We will like to state that as a people-oriented government and one that has made the commitment to bring about positive change in the life of the people of the state, we are ready to have a symbiotic relationship with the Federal Government through Mr Dare.
”It is our prayer that he succeeds in the new assignment and wins laurels to the admiration of Nigerians,” he said. (NAN)

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Creation of South East Devt Commission True End to Civil War- Deputy Speaker

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By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, on Wednesday, said that the creation of the South East Development Commission, (SEDC), was a testament to a true end to the civil war in the country.Kalu, said at a press briefing in Abuja, that what the creation represented was the true Biafra that the Igbo people were clamouring for, which was the development of the South East and empowerment of the people within the Nigerian nation.

He said reconciliation, rehabilitation, reconstruction, that were promised at the end of the war, were abandoned after the war, which left the region with underdevelopment and conflicts.
Kalu said that except for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, no other administration cared about the South East.
He there expressed an extravagant gratitude to the President, for signing the South East Development Commission (SEDC) bill into law, thereby approving the creation of the commission.It would be recalled that the bill was sponsored by Kalu and all the lawmakers from the south east region from the House of Representatives.The bill sought to establish a commission that will be charged with the responsibility to receive and manage fund from allocation of the federation account for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other infrastructural damage suffered by the region as a result of the effect of the civil war after 54 years.The commission would as well tackle the ecological problems and any other related environmental or developmental challenges in the Southeast States which include Abia, Imo, Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi.”On behalf of the great people of the southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria, the beating heart of the nation, the land of enterprise and entrepreneurship, let me express my deep gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for signing the South-East Development Commission (SEDC) Bill into law yesterday.”This is not just a legislative victory; it is a historic milestone for the South-East geopolitical zone. The commission will receive and manage funds from the allocation of the Federation Account for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses, and other infrastructural damages suffered by the zone as a result of the civil war.It will also tackle ecological problems and other related environmental or developmental challenges in the South-East States, including Abia, Imo, Enugu, Anambra, and Ebonyi.”This particular bill failed to be passed into law in the 8th and 9th National Assemblies, but like always, we are relentless in our collective drive for people-centered legislation. As we all know from our history, Nigeria’s transition from the unfortunate civil war exactly 54 years ago was hallmarked by the three “Rs”: Reconciliation, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. Nigeria has since carried out reconciliation and rehabilitation, however, this act been assented to by the President exemplifies the commencement of the complete reconstruction of our beloved South-East.”The bill assented to by the President amplifies the commitment to the real rehabilitation and reconstruction of the South-East. A 54-year-old jinx broken by the South East loving President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.

“The act is a testament to our collective effort and commitment to rebuilding and revitalizing our beloved region. I am grateful to my colleagues in the National Assembly, to all Nigerians who supported this bill, and most especially, to President Tinubu for his unwavering support and leadership.I also want to convey the appreciation of all Ndi Igbo (Igbo people) from the South-East zone.”This is a momentous occasion, and we are filled with hope and determination. We assure you that this commission will work tirelessly to ensure that the dreams and aspirations of our people are realized. We will continue to push for more positive attention and development for our zone.”This year, in this moment, we are called to reaffirm our values and commitments, to hold them against a hard reality, and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations. And fellow Nigerians – I say to you today: we have more work to do. More to do for the workers who are struggling to find their footing in a rapidly changing economy, more to do for the parents who are struggling to provide for their children, and more to do for the young people who are striving to build a better future.”Aside from our legislative interventions and ongoing hard work in the National Assembly, my colleagues and I from the South-East have set the ball rolling with non-kinetic measures as remediation to the insecurity situation in the region through the Peace in South East Project (PISE-P), a non-governmental special purpose vehicle with the thematic and programmatic leadership needed to execute this flawlessly.”To my fellow South-Easterners, I implore you not to join the planned looming anti-government protests. Instead, let us view the signing of the SEDC bill into law as a testament to the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration’s resolve to heal the wounds of the past, bury the rumors of the “marginalization of the South-East geopolitical zone,” and renew the hope of the nation towards equitable economic growth and socio-cultural renewal.”This is a time for unity and progress, not division and unrest.I also implore Nigerians from all walks of life and the entirety of the country to not heed the calls for protest but instead continue to trust in the process.The reforms of the current administration will take time but will soon start to suffice, including a reversal of inflation, stabilization of the economy, and the ensuing multiplier effects in a massive employment boom as a result of industrialization, and the outcomes of the work organizations like the SEDC will engineer.”With SEDC we will leverage to improve agriculture, entrepreneurial skills will enable industrialization of the region and our innovative mindedness will leverage the opportunities in the digital economy, our creativity will birth a greater cultural and entertainment platforms such as Igbowood, our youth and women demography will play a major role in the energy of our development. It is time to put our huge gap deposit in the region to use for industrial parks that will bring value to the nation.”Most of the radicalized youths will now have jobs to engage them productively among others.I therefore urge you to participate more in governance by following the right channels of engagement with your respective state governments and the legislators representing you in the National Assembly and the 36 state Houses of Assembly. It is through active and constructive engagement that we can make our voices heard and drive meaningful change,” Kalu stated at the press briefing.

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S’Court Judgment: Jigawa to Conduct LG Election Soon – Official

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The Jigawa Government says it will soon conduct Local Government Elections in the state, following the recent Supreme Court judgment on Local Government finanacial autonomy.

The Commissioner for Information, Youths Sport and Culture, Mr Sagir Musa, said this during an interactive session with newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.

Musa said that the State Executive Council (EXCO) had considered and approved a request by the state Independent Electoral Commission (JISIEC) to conduct the election.

The commissioner further said that the EXCO’s decision “is in line with the provision of Section 197(I) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the JISIEC Law No. 3 of 2012 (as amended)”.

According to him, the EXCO decision is in compliance with the recent Supreme Court judgment that all the Local Government councils in the country must have democratically elected officials and that elections are to be conducted in all the states of the federation within three months.

Meanwhile, an Executive Bill seeking to repeal JISIEC Law 2024 and re-enact Law 2012 has passed the first and second readings at the Assembly.

This followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the house, Mr Lawan Muhammad, and seconded by Mr Muhammad Inuwa at Friday’s plenary session.

Muhammmad said that the bill seeks to repeal the JISEIC amendment No. 1 Law, No. 7, 2024 to re-enact Sections 64 and 65 of the JISEIC Law Cap J19, Laws of Jigawa State 2022 and for related matters.

After a unanimous voice vote by the members, the Speaker, Mr Haruna Aliyu, referred the bill to the House Committee on Local Government.

Aliyu asked the committee to report back to the house on July 30. (NAN)

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Edo guber: Appeal Court Affirms Ighodalo as PDP Candidate

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The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has rejected an appeal to nullify the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election that produced Asue Ighodalo as its candidate for the upcoming Governorship Election in Edo.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel led by A.

M Lamido, on Monday, dismissed the appeal filed by the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

Shaibu was earlier impeached from office but recently got reinstated by the court.

While dismissing the appeal marked: CA/ABJ/CV/642/2024, for want of merit, Lamido held that it found no reason to set aside the May 27 judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The court further ruled that the trial court was right for refusing to invalidate the outcome of PDP primary election based on the suit by the appellant.

It awarded a N1million cost against the appellant.

Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court had, in his judgment that was affirmed by the appellate court, held that Shaibu lacked the legal right to seek to nullify the outcome of the primary poll.

Omotosho further held that the plaintiff did not meet the condition precedent to confer such a legal right on him.

According to the court, no evidence was adduced to establish that he participated in the primary election he sought to nullify its outcome.

Omotosho held that it was a basic requirement of the law that a plaintiff must take part in a disputed election to be able to challenge its outcome in court.

He said that there was overwhelming evidence that the plaintiff was never physically present at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, where the primary election of February 22 took place.

Report says that Shaibu had in the suit prayed the court to issue an order stopping the INEC from accepting or recognising Ighodalo
as the gubernatorial flag bearer of PDP in the election.

He contended that the primary election that produced Ighodalo was not conducted in compliance with both the Electoral Act and party Constitution.

He prayed the court to, among other things, compel the party to conduct a fresh primary election in the state.

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