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CSO expresses worry over spate of killings, urges measures to curb it

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A Civil Society Oranisation known as ACT on Wednesday expressed worry over the spate of extrajudicial killings  in the country and called for proactive measures by government to curb it.

Mr Kolawole Johnson, the Acting Director, Research, Strategy and Communications, ACT made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

According to Johnson, the development calls for urgent intervention in order to strengthen confidence of the citizenry.

Johnson said that there was also the need to investigate reports of killing of civilians by security agents to curb the menace.

“If you have followed our activities in recent times, you will understand our position on the general security situations in the country; for avoidance of doubt, our organisation lamented this spate of extrajudicial killings especially by security agents.

“The Friday preceding the Salah holiday, a lot of Nigerians spent over nine hours on Kaduna-Abuja road because a trigger happy Policeman killed a driver.

“There were some other killings in some other parts of the country in the past week, the indiscipline in the force today is very unhealthy for our nation.

“When the policemen were killed in Taraba, our organisation was worried, because every Nigerian is important, in the same vein, we cannot gloss over the killings of innocent Nigerians by the police.’’

Johnson called on President Muhammadu Buhari to bring his experience to bear on the nation’s security apparatus to curb the indiscriminate killings, addng that it was capable of truncating Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

This, he said was the reason the group clamoured for fresh hands as security chiefs for the next level of Buhari’s administration.

“Perhaps, we should seize the opportunity to appeal to the President to ensure that we have round pegs in round holes in allocation of ministerial portfolios.

“When you have appropriate hands in the right places, you do not struggle with performance.

“The nation cannot afford to crawl at present, the ministers should take the batons and run as fast as our ideas and resources can take us,’’ he said.

Johnson said that in setting agenda, it was absolutely necessary to retool the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government to monitor policy and programmes implementation across the ministries and set the right indexes for periodic evaluation.

He said that the office of Research and Statistics should also be strengthened to perform its duties to the benefits of the nation.

According to him, this will make it easier for government to keep tabs on policy implementations, impacts and further needs assessment.

He said that one of the best forms of effective and efficient implementations, was to appoint the right person thus enhancing performance and that way the President would leave legacies behind.

Edited by Ese E. Ekama

 

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Work to ensure improved economy, living — forum advises ministers

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The Progressives Solidarity Forum, has called on the new ministers and Federal Executive Council members to work towards improved national economy and standard of living of the citizens.

Dr Ibrahim Emokpaire, the founder of the forum, made the call in a statement on Friday Abuja.

He noted that the cabinet should also sustain the fight against corruption which “constitutes the cardinal agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

“I wish to remind members of the next level cabinet that Nigerians have high hopes in their capacity to find pragmatic and sustainable solutions to the challenges confronting the nation.

“Nigerians eagerly desire to see reinvigorated and concerted efforts by the executive arm of government towards achieving improved security of lives and property.

“Without doubt, delivering good governance towards building a united, well-secured, corruption-free, economically strong and politically stable nation is a huge responsibility that can be achieved.’’

Emokpaire, however, expressed optimism that the new Federal Executive Council members would live up to the expectations, deliver on its mandate and leave behind a great legacy of selfless service.

He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the new cabinet for effectively taking off.

He observed that the cabinet with the mandate to take the nation to higher level in the next four years, will  lay a solid foundation for a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

Emokpaire commended the leadership of the APC at all levels, especially its National Leader Bola Tinubu and its National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole.

He noted that their support for the president Buhari over the years had made him to discharge his responsibility in a seamless manner.

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APC, PDP chieftains disagree on development projects in Hadejia

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Alhaji Ishaq Hadejia, a chieftain of All Progressives People Congress (APC) in Jigawa, says that Hadejia zone of the state has not enjoyed the expected dividends of democracy from previous administrations in the state.

In an interview in Dutse, he alleged that past administrations, especially the tenure of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, marginalised Hadejia in spite of its strategic location and population in the state.

“The previous administrations have sidelined us in terms of development and political appointments.

“It is a known fact that the people of Hadejia zone with eight local government areas suffered undue discrimination by the previous administrations.

“They called us names, in spite of the fact that we are citizens of the state; we were marginalised in the past, especially the immediate government of PDP

“We are peace-loving, hardworking and useful to the economic and political development of the state but the previous administration marginalized us administration of the state,’’ he said.

He appealed to the state government to accord Hadejia its rightful place in politics as an emirate council and extend development projects to the zone.

He thanked Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa for reversing the trend by carrying everybody along irrespective of political affiliations and ethnic sentiments.

Reacting to the allegation, however, Malam Umar Kyari, the former Director of Press to former Gov. Sule Lamido of the state, said that PDP did well for Hadejia zone.

He said that the PDP administration established the Sule Lamido University (formerly Jigawa State University) in Kafin Hausa.

“Apart from this, the PDP administration of Lamido established a permanent site for the state college of education in Gumel, Hadejia zone.

“While the zone secured six ministerial positions for the zone in the administration of PDP, how many does the zone have now with APC administration,’’ he asked.

AIS/KAY

Edited by Kayode Olaitan

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Governorship screening: Bello expresses optimism of picking APC ticket

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In spite of stiff opposition, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Thursday expressed the optimism of emerging the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the coming Nov. 16 governordhip elections in the state.

Bello who spoke in Lokoja shortly after being screened by the Screening Committee of the party said that he would win the governorship primary election slated for Aug. 29 comvincingly.

He told newsmen that he had worked tirelessly to make the party attractive, hence the large number of aspirants seeking to contest the governoship election on its platform.

Bello expressed satisfaction with the screening process, saying that it was peaceful and devoid of rancour.

He urged party supporters to remain steadfast and law-abiding at all times, saying that the committee should be allowed to do its work under a peaceful atmosphere.

Bello enjoined other aspirants to eschew bitterness, adding that they should be ready to abide by the outcome of the primary and work for the success of the party at the polls.

“The APC is a home and the home is very conducive and that is why everyone is jostling to belong here.

”I call on all the aspirants to support me in my effort to turn around the fortunes of the state,” he concluded.

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Gov AbdulRazaq sends anti-poverty bill to Kwara Assembly

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Gov AbdulRazaq sends anti-poverty bill to Kwara Assembly

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Ilorin, Aug 22, 2029 Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has forwarded to the state Assembly a bill to institutionalise his various initiatives to drive economic growth, counter poverty, and ensure equitable distribution of resources in the state.

Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Thursday.

According to Ajakaye, the bill, when passed, would establish the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWSSIP) which would be charged with the responsibility of tackling poverty, ensuring equitable distribution of resources and economic growth.

“Mr Governor’s plan is to ensure that his various interventions to tackle poverty and make living a lot more meaningful for our people are formalised and institutionalised.

“It is a social security plan that benefits everyone, regardless of their affiliations,” Ajakaye, said.

He said such programmes would outlive the administration and guide against people, especially the aged, falling into destitution or depending on any individual politicians to access whatever support the state can offer them.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was modelled after the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes.

Ajakaye said KWSSIP would comprise Kwara State Conditional Cash Transfer (KWCCIT) to support those within the lowest poverty bracket by improving nutrition and increasing household consumption and Kwara State Poverty Reduction Programme (KWSPRP) to assist Kwarans to acquire and develop lifelong skills.

Others, Ajakaiye said include Kwara State Government Entrepreneur and Empowerment Programme (KWSGEEP), which shall lend money to petty traders, artisans, farmers, enterprising youths, men and women; and Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF).

“The HGSF will ensure school feeding of schoolchildren in order to increase school enrolment, reduce malnutrition, empower community women, and support small farmers in the state,” he said.

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Edited by Felix Ajide

 

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Rep solicits support development in Idah

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A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. David Zacharia (APC-Kogi), has called on Mr Emmanuel Egwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join him to bring dividends of democracy to people of Idah Federal Constituency of Kogi.

Zacharia made the call while reacting to the judgment of a tribunal which upheld his election on Thursday in Abuja.

Egwu contested in the 2019 National Assembly election for the House of Representatives against Zacharia and lost.

He challenged the outcome of the election at the tribunal, alleging that the election was marred with violence, snatching of ballot boxes, multiple voting, none use of voter card readers and unlawful vote allocation.

His petition was, however, dismissed by the Chairman, Justice A.O Chijioke for lack of merit.

Chijioke said that the petitioner failed to discharge the burden of prove laid on him as there were not enough evidence to back his claims.

Zacharia said that it was time to work together for the development of the constituency.

”I call on the petitioner to join hands with me to deliver the dividends of democracy. I am satisfied with the judgment and the time it took the tribunal to deliver it,” he said.

The lawmaker dedicated the victory at the tribunal to God Almighty and to the law abiding people of his constituency.

Zacharia currently represents Idah Federal Constituency of Kogi which is made up of Idah, Ibaji, Ofu and Igalamela Odolu Local Government Areas.

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